Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Currently I am spending much time working on fabricating vessels out of various types of metal sheets. Each vessel I fabricate is either raised or sunk. I start with relatively flat pieces of metal and will either hammer them into shape over convex forming blocks or stakes (raising) or I will hammer or sink the metal into a convex forming block or swage block as they are referred to as.

The processes used are very important in the making of an individual vessel and it requires hours upon hours of swinging various hammers. The metal is also textured most of the time by using a cross-peen hammer. These hammers have a chisel-like hammering surface that is rounded and smoothed to a high polish. Each individual dent is a result of and individual hammer blow to the surface of the metal against a stake or swage. Each vessel consists of two or more pieces of metal all soldered together to create a visually dense form while being hollow and light. The surfaces are then patinated, or colored by a number of different processes and then polished with a micro-crystalline wax used for restoring sculptures to give a shiny finish.

I am currently working with a low budget while I am still in school. I have recently fabricated some of my own tools, Including two wooden hammers for sinking metal, a few wooden swage blocks with concave and convex shapes for forming the metal. I have also purchased some old auto body forming tools to have more durability on a cheaper budget. I work with reclaimed materials, not only for cost, but to deter objects from being destroyed and to give them a second life. The re-purposing of materials is my way of showing the potential in objects that are often neglected.

My goal is to create a solid body of work by utilizing the resources available at school and home and to adequately learn my processes and materials while exploring new paths within the discipline.

I am currently exhibiting my work at the State Street Gallery in La Crosse. You May see my current work there.

Thank you for checking out my work. Stop back again soon for pictures.

-Adam O

State Street Gallery
1804 State Street  La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 782-0101
Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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