Aluminized mylar is interesting stuff. Widely used for decorative purposes and food packaging, it is a polymer film coated with a thin layer of aluminium. The metallic helium filled novelty balloons given as gifts are made of aluminized mylar and often called mylar balloons commercially. It is also used as an insulating material and to confine gas in detectors and targets in nuclear physics.
Water Gel Beads are described as a colorful, fun and versatile way to enhance the decor of your home or office. They are round spheres approximately 1/2″ in diameter and are usually displayed in glass vases, sometimes with fresh cut flowers. These high cross-link density polymers are commonly made from the polymerization of acrylic acid blended with sodium hydroxide in the presence of an initiator to form a sodium polyacrylate.
Here’s the story of a ninth grader who failed algebra and later worked in a tire store. His specialty was the retreading machine: grind off the old tread, glop on the adhesive, align new tread on tire, seal the new tread. Repeat. Surely, this experience helped shape his later life, but it was the mediocrity of the occupation that eventually forced him to earn a degree in mathematics and send a resume to IBM. It was 1965 and IBM needed to train a few bright kids to function as electrical engineers.
Video has come a long way since the Portapack of the 1970’s. In the tradition of snapshots and 8mm family movies, it was all about convenience and preserving those memories before they slipped into the eternal void of forgotten sentiment. By the time digital video appeared, the idea of “video art” was a done deal. Most innovation was being swept up by special effects companies and used to provide the instantaneous golly gee reactions for breaking news report graphics and bizarre multidimensional sci-fi aliens.
Cave of Hands is an underground location in Santa Cruz, Argentina. It is famous for the images of hands created by spraying paint on a cave wall forming silhouettes of hands. Pipes made of bone were used to facilitate the technique more than 10,000 years ago, thus starting a tradition of artists using sprayed paint to cover surfaces, tag walls and mark territories.
This time of year I usually create some sculptural artwork out of gourds for a local event called the Calabash. It is the primary annual fundraiser for Food for Thought, a food bank located in Forestville, California. Proceeds provide comprehensive nutrition and other services for men, women, and children affected by HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County.