Ian F. Thomas: The Eagle and the Arrow, interior detail, Plastic army men, arrows, paint, 4 inches thick
Ian F. Thomas: The Eagle and the Arrow, Wheel-thrown porcelain, slip, gas fired cone 6, graphite, image transfer, arrows, elementary school chair, gilded brick kiln stilt, paint / 40x16x16 inches, 45 lbs
Ian F. Thomas: Buttoning Buttons and Loosening Teeth, Wheel-thrown platter, solid-carved/hollowed tooth, earthenware, electric fired cone 02, paint, graphite, string, vintage doorknob / 50x20x8 inches, 12lbs
“I make sculptures that are inspired by utopian, experimental communities. The pieces suggest architectural models for utopian experiments. My curiosity stems from the ways in which these communities reflect optimism and, the ways in which they simultaneously reflect failure. Modernist ties to the utopic and Modernist architecture also come into play; recent sculptures in layered acrylic are examples of this interest.
Currently, I am also working on hexagonal structures made of concrete covered cardboard. These pieces are influenced by Brutalist architecture, Corbusier’s machines for living and, most strongly, by Robert Smithson’s slide lecture (1972) on Hotel Palenque to the architectural faculty at the University of Utah.
I’ve been visiting the sites of a number of utopian communities (Drop City (CO), Libre (CO), New Buffalo (NM), the Oneida Community (NY), Fruitlands (MA)…) and I’ve videotaped what remains there. Compiling this video footage and adding off-hand, stop-action animated figurative elements is a related current project. I envision clusters of these various works – the sparkling city, the concrete ruins and the small screen video – creating an environment both visually rich and suggestive of societal energy and entropy.” Susan Meyer
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Susan Meyer: unité d’habitation, 2009, laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, aluminum, wood, video and sound, dimensions variable
Susan Meyer: Vinyl, 2011, Laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, aluminum, 35” x 10” x 10”
Susan Meyer: Vinyl, detail
Susan Meyer: nude-topia, detail
Susan Meyer: nude-topia, 2005, wood, HO-scale plastic figures and mixed media with soundtrack, dimensions variable
Susan Meyer: work in progress (detail), 2011, concrete, cardboard, acrylic, H-O scale figures, lights and succulent plants, dimensions variable
Susan Meyer: Swimming Hole, detail #2
Susan Meyer: Swimming Hole, detail
Susan Meyer: Swimming Hole, 2010, laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures and aluminum, 10” x 7” x 7”
Susan Meyer: Together, 2008, Laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, wood, video and sound, dimensions variable
Susan Meyer: Together, alternative view, 2008, Laser cut acrylic, H-O scale figures, wood, video and sound, dimensions variable