In a reasonable imitation of a midlife crisis, I pretty much detonated my recent career path of the last few months. It was an act to maintain sanity, but hasn't done for my bank account. But it has led to a small spurt of artistic productivity. My first inclination was to keep these ideas under wraps, but I love when successful artists and creators share their process. For some it might remove the mystery, but I love seeing the foundations on which people build their ideas. And maybe posting my incomplete art for all to see may be the catalyst to keep these sculptures on track and eventually completed.
Which was also why I attended the last open house of the Tx/Rx Labs hackerspace on Commerce Ave. It's a tech geek enclave, full of computers, electronics, and sexy tools, including a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer, a RepRap and a plasma CNC table. It's about people trying to make cool stuff because they can. And a few were mighty open about me asking lots of questions about my ideas and if their tools could make them (for the most part, no). It was the first time I had taken my sketchbook and samples and shown them to people.
It was weird and cool and helpful. Hopefully, it won't be the last time I talk to people about my art.