Activity – Week #1

Fun with plaster!

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It would have been great to spend a couple of hours at the beach doing this activity but it didn’t fit my schedule. I was able to make an interesting cast of my hand using a box of plaster and some things I had in my garage. The process started by placing my hand inside a bag of top soil. Water was then poured around my hand so that the top soil would get sticker and hold its shape better.

The plaster was mixed in a small plastic bucket. The plaster was then gently poured into the mold of my hand. At this point I allowed the plaster to set for one hour. Once the plaster was hard the cast was removed from the bag.

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At this point I was worried that the top soil was too porous and that my hand might not be visible.

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Next I cautiously began clearing away the excess dirt with a wire brush. A garden hose was then used to wash away the fine dirt.

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The final result is a nicely defined hand with some interesting rock and twig imprints from the soil.

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Using a finer grain material to make the cast would have produced a cleaner looking mold. The benefit of using soil is that the soil clumps together easier. The soil is much more porous than wet sand would be. This caused the fingers to run together. If I could repeat this project I would have used sand. With sand you would need to be very careful to use the correct consistency of sand so that the mold holds together while you are pouring the plaster.

Kaprow on Gaming

The Digital Yard

The work of Allan Kaprow has a unique ability to capture its audience by directly involving people in the setup or allowing them to witness its destruction by nature.  Special dimensions are experienced differently by each individual. This variation of personal experience creates a truly unique enviroment. One where everybody is the artist.

Kaprow’s work makes me think of what is happening in many popular online multiplayer video games such as Rust or Minecraft. The online environment allows you to build anything that you can imagine. The things that you build stay active in the online world even after you turn your computer off. These creations of yours can be visited or altered by the public. To me this is a digital representation of Kaprow.

Kaprows work is symbolic of the real world. It is constantly changing, weathering and being altered. The ice in Fluids melts and the tires in Yard get rearranged. It is not a static sculpture in a climate controlled museum. It is alive. It is real.