The CELPR series of sculptures began as a project for a Grasshopper parametric design class at Cooper Union and was an exploration in fabrication possibilities for the CELP model. The Grasshopper definition algorithm allowed for the surface to be divided into fractals, similar to leaf and branch patterns and the factor is determined by the slider count and can be adjusted into a vast variable of configurations.
For my post studio art practice, working on digital models in CAD was a learning curve that enabled me to discover new possibilities for making models for sculptures and finding community based solutions to art making that did not require a large studio and could be made almost anywhere that had minimal production facilities and could be sourced locally and could be resilient and could reduce the need for transporting large sculptures and artworks while allowing me to be a global traveller and cultural explorer.
Working in smaller urban spaces is more sustainable but has it's challenges. Living with fewer objects calls for multi functionality. I've always had an appreciation for sculptural, modular, curvilinear design from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Mid Century modern, space-age, etc and wanted it to be more accessible and be able to fabricate them independently without a large production facility or university affiliation and be able to incorporate them into my live / work space and be able to re create them.
Luckily, Makerspaces have opened in many communities to provide a space for art making and design, prototyping, education etc. I was fortunate to live in the Miami community where Moonlighter Makerspace began and hope that many Makerspaces can flourish globally and provide a space for innovation and creativity. The challenges are having spaces that can compete with large retail, sports and private gamimg and luxury residential developments and still have adequate space for educational programs, work and exhibition space and still be sustainable and viable for the visionaries that create and maintain these spaces.
The possibility to integrate the Arts, design, artist co-working spaces, gallery and museum communities with the Tech, Start Up community and programs such as those at Venture Cafe Miami and Assemblage Nomad in NYC have vast potential and hopefully more will be on the horizon. Fostering community collaboration, innovation and local fabrication can encourage resilience to the effects of climate change and less dependence on imported goods and limited resources.