Upon arrival in Stöðvarfjörður, I immediately set upon finding rocks to carve. There was one just east of town that they used to shatter for gravel. There was one out by the point, but that is the protected Harp Rock. I found a beautiful vein running from the road to the water, but I learned those beauties are on private property. We pitched the landowners, all 13 of them, but those rocks are probably non-starters.
So, Saturday, I set out again on the ‘land of many owners’ which is controlled by the municipality. The rock are not a big or smooth as the rocks of the 13 Owners, but they will do nicely. I hiked, photographed, and plotted on the map. The photos below are some of the options that I requested a permit from the Municipality. Fingers are crossed while I bide my time in idleness.
Below is a cowboy carved atop a frieze of petroglyphs on private property on the Hastings Mesa near Telluride, CO. Below the carving is an impression made in 2011. The spatial relationship between the rock and the piece of paper is the form overarching all my work.
Here’s the Moose Rock with the Aspy Bay and Cape North in the background. My intention was to carve fish and fishermen, but my host argued that people there ate as much moose as fish, so I carved this moose.
Below, shows the carving painted for printing and a rice paper impression made from the carving.
Philosopher and author, Alva Noe, characterizes my work well:
” The very project, then, is a social experiment; the artist works with rock and carving, but he also works with this more immaterial material of delicate social relations and community. This is no less the stuff of his art.”
This carving features a working cowboy, Morris Ware, from the community around the carving, Jerry Brown had invited some funeral directors out to Ingomar to stay at the Bunk n’ Biscuit, ride horses and push cows during the day, and hang out at the Jersey Lily at night. I tagged along one day while they pushed cows closer to the ranch for the fall roundup.
The best part of the day was lunch at the Newman’s ranch.
This carving was made for Bettina Hubby’s “Eagle Rock – Rock N Eagle Shop”. It was carved at the terminus of the a limestone quarry in New Hope, PA. The fissures in the rock made it a challenge, but the piece is sheltered and well protected.
All around the carving I made pictographs of concentric circles and emblems. The patron of the piece *did not like* the pictographs, but they are my favorite part of the piece, so we compromised and most remain.