New Sculpture: Bump Block

Jonathan Prince is pleased to share a new work entitled Bump Block for the ongoing series Liquid State

Bump Block

Mirror Polished Bronze
12 x 12 x 12 inches | 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
2015

Bump Block reflects the progression of an idea conceived within the digital domain with it’s physical realization  executed via a combination of the most advanced and ancient techniques of object creation.

I investigated the idea of creating the work with a fully digital processes before deciding that the look and feel I envisioned for the piece could only be accomplished by a combination of techniques and hundreds of hours of finishing handwork. 

The concept was first rendered using 3-D modeling software; the initial build of the sculpture was completed in resin using SLA rapid prototype / 3D printing ; and then the traditional lost wax techniques to mould and cast the form were utilized in the completion of this silicon bronze sculpture.

My desire in making Bump Block was to create a surface that I imagine to be a block of liquid metal - loosely holding its shape in a weightless environment - as if you took a cubical container of liquid with six removable sides in space and carefully removed each side leaving just the weightless liquid, the remaining form might resemble Bump Block.

This sculpture is another example of a solid object that appears to have all the surface characteristics of a liquid with the effect of movement / vibration as light and ambient reflections flicker over its surface.



Cauldron for Liquid State

The word Cauldron may be used in different ways, but the meaning that is most appropriate for and representative of this sculpture for the Liquid State series is: 'a state or situation of great distress.' 

Like many of my works, Cauldron oscillates in a state of duality: order and chaos, interior and exterior, dark and light, hidden and revealed. Cauldron's undulating inner surface pushes the fabrication of stainless steel to its limits. The result of this audacious task beckons the qualities of boiling liquid, of crashing waves in a violent storm, of mercury contained within a perfectly formed geometric vessel.

I continually aim to reveal and make sense of the paradoxical characteristics of nature, and it is the lack of resolution that imbues my work with meaning, for it challenges concepts of beauty and reveals hidden value within the breaks of convention and expectation. 

Cauldron 
High Chromium Stainless Steel 
30 x 30 x 30 inches
2015
 

Unearthing Southern Remnant

Jonathan Prince is drawn to artifacts and their power to mediate between history and contemporary culture. In viewing South, one of four geometric sculptures entitled North East South West (1981) by sculptor Michael Heizer, Prince felt as though he had come face to face with an unearthed, ancient relic. Heizer's tribal-like cone is able to communicate a sense of antiquity with that of the modern, and Prince has imbued this same essence into his monumental sculpture Southern Remnant, inspired by Heizer's South

South (1983), Michael Heizer

Prince's Southern Remnant is a part of the Liquid State series, which explores an extended conversation around geometric forms morphed and softened through the applied will of the artist. Fabricated by hand in heavy gauge stainless and CorTen steel, Prince's objective is to form the assumed geometric line into a new shape where only the barest vestiges of geometry remain. This also creates a new order of light reflections and thus an entirely different relationship between sculpture and environment. The form is no longer dormant as it has a dynamic dialog with light and space.

Southern Remnant Southern Remnant 
CorTn and High-Chromium Stainless Steel 
5 x 11 x 5 feet | 152 x 335 x 152 cm
2012

Pictured at Christie's Sculpture Garden, New York, NY


 

See Southern Remnant take shape during the fabrication process: 


New Sculpture for the Liquid State Series: Cistern

The word cistern comes from the latin cista, which means box: a cistern is a waterproof container whose purpose is to hold liquid. To perpetuate the concepts investigated in  Liquid State - the illusion of fluid within a solid form - Jonathan Prince has manipulated stainless steel in a new way. In this sculpture, the geometry of the outer box, or cistern, appears to contain liquid as is its intended purpose. To engage the viewer further, Prince has experimented with both translucent and transparent color, as well as with the incorporation of holographic swirls created during the polishing process, thereby enhancing the illusion of liquid barely contained within solid geometry as if in a continuous state of becoming one or the other.

 

Cistern 
2015
High chromium stainless steel / transparent color / translucent color 
7 x 14 x 14 inches 

 



Wave Form Captures the Topography of Oceans

Jonathan Prince’s Wave Form series captures the topography of our oceans’ surfaces and the effects that weather has upon it in the solid form of stainless steel. Prince is working with data provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA reuniting him with the two organizations he had previously worked with on the Hologlobe Project he created for the Smithsonian Institution.

"The connection to NOAA and NASA is important to me as I have a strong sense that the work will resonate with the scientific community as well as the art world and attract attention to the beauty and importance of our oceans."

Wave Form

High Chromium Stainless Steel 
8.5 x 44 x 24 inches | 22 x 112 x 61 cm
2012

Bronze Wave I

Fabricated Silicon Bronze 
2.5 x 18 x 9.5 inches | 6 x 46 x 24 cm
2013 

Prince was the creator of the Hologlobe Project (1996) which was exhibited at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and served as principal investigator and program manager for the project in partnership with DARPA and NSF, NASA and NOAA.)

These animations were produced for the Smithsonian Institution's HoloGlobe Exhibit which opened to the public on August 10, 1996 at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The various data sets show progressive global change mapped onto a rotating globe and projected into space to create a holographic image of the Earth.