Time is almost up. In just seven short days, my contribution to the SRAM pArt Project must be boxed up and sent on its way, so I’m bolting things down, and finalizing all the little details, and it’s the details that are an exercise in maddeningly entertaining fun. Maddeningly because the mechanics of turning what’s in my imagination into a three-dimensional reality is a labyrinthine journey, and fun and entertaining for the same exact reason. My favorite fastener resource is Artie’s Ace, a locally owned hardware store, where I can still find (and buy) just one 3-48 nut & bolt then rummage through tray after tray of spacers, bearings and washers to find the one perfect fitting joining the “what if” to “this is how”. Besides my excursions in search of connective bits and pieces, whenever I can use an actual bike part I do, both by tapping into my own personal library of bike flotsam jetsam, (including disassembling a wheel to harvest the spokes), and from my LBS, in this case Sunday Cycles, for red anodized spoke nipples. (I’ll take any excuse to visit a bike shop).
I’m always working on multiple pieces, canvasses and/or objects, all in some state of becoming. I find a wonderful synergy in the bouncing back and forth. It’s a mechanism for solving problems, illuminating mysteries, and generally lending a helping hand over the stumbles and bumps inherent in my creative process . . . plus it offers the opportunity of time. Time not only to look but to actually see. I’ve two canvasses in progress concurrently with my pART piece (images of both have appeared in several prior posts). And yes, one has been turned right side up. Another quandary happily resolved (at least for now).
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