This work explores erosion and the disruption of form. Focusing on biological erosion, I wanted to convey the idea of a host being attacked and eaten away by a parasitic virus, highlighting the creeping spread of the infection as it corrupts the body. I have produced a series of angular porcelain forms, sandblasted to wear the surface and reveal inner strata. This aggressive process, contrarily, creates a delicate vulnerability in the shape. The translucency of the porcelain and the interruption of the surface make it possible to glimpse through to layers beneath, creating a tension between the seen and the obscured.
dufala brothers, cardboard tank - photo credit - pete danz
dufala brothers, fresh 2010 - steel frame, HVAC duct work, air conditioning unit photo credit - lisa boughter
Title: We LostArtist: Tony Smith (1912-1981)Location: Unknown. Previously at Blanche Levy Park, near 36th Street
Installed: November 1966-January 1967http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/pennhistory/art/welost/welost.html
Otis’ Improved Hoisting Apparatus
Patented January 15, 1861, Elisha Otis’s elevator was the first with a safety catch to guard against the breaking of the cable. The Otis Company would become the premier manufacturer of electric elevators.