recent asemblage...from collected scraps... each piece is linked to at least one individual...
cankind kin 2015
Materials inspire me; this is linked with a penchant and preference for usin' what I have -- and brass fasteners.
I repurpose materials -- as a recurrin' pattern in my work.
This collection of metal men, also known as mans & ma’ams representin' the kin assembled.
Cans are only part of these metal men; there are tubes
and brass, too.
Much of this series was often conceived and partially executed years ago and put aside.
I had worked in metal figurative for 20 years; this series spans some years with execution of assemblage occurring only recently.
There are some new design features and a series of toothpaste-tube men: a different kind of metal.
New folds and ideas continued to evolved with this project.
This theme has evolved with me. I continually explore the form. The studies are of series of 100+. The double helix constructions are also a series of 100+. The form continues to engage and inform me with the new knowledge of Birkland currents double helixing in space and the work of plasma physicist Anthony Peratt. My newest compositions are plasmic, too.
Lately, I have been working on a series inspired by my interest in the ‘electric universe,‘ specifically, how the ancients used symbols and surmises to communicate for generational understanding of truths. I have been using a cache of prints, artifacts, and ink samples from my father to create these collage/paintings. These months of focus produced dozens of pieces evolving as they do with the possibilities acrylic medium offer -- painting layers of streaks of color with fragments of paper. This is a medium I began to explore in February ’12 and since.
Repurposed Community Painted Papers
This project is comprised of three series that evolved with the repurposing of painted paper. The paper was painted in WestEnd Street School by self and local children. The medium used was water-based tempera paint on heavy paper (supplied by my printer father). There were three events at the Hollins Street outlet that produced volumes of "material."
The first was "The 100-foot Painting" that occurred on the lot next to James McHenry Elementary School. It was sponge painted by dozens of young people splashing carved foam paint imprints on over 350 square feet---very quickly it turned out-- as I remember. All the colors were there and black, too.
The second was "Dots," displayed at the 1st Ad Hoc Arts Festival. This was a series of 6-foot circles painted in tempera. It was a lesson in making circles, and it was a vivid lesson in color theory. The dots were a diameter of six feet and were red, yellow, blue, and green. These became the first of many paintedpaper/brassfastener assemblages.
The third was a series of large applications of paint upon paper using the street school's Christmas tree as the brush. Several very nice applications occurred before it all became brown. I constructed one assemblage approximately 6'x20' entitled "The Point".
I offer a selection of each of the three series: "Primaries"('87 & '13), "Dried Flowers" ('96), and "More Flowers" ('13-'14).
I won a second prize in poetry in the 7th grade.
I have been writing since college. I journaled and developed my style.
During the 80’s I wrote more and often read aloud in the poetry circle that was occurring in Baltimore. I continue to hone my phrases to find a solid expression. There are a few more poems in the webpages: http://cankind.com/poems_by_jack_trimper.html
The images of poems are scans from the volume “Roads, Wooden Objects and Sunsets.”(1985)
The newer more recent are text documents.
cankind aka canman/canma'am
This project spans decades of development and innovation.
My projects often started with using what is available. Not so much found but peripheral to a lifestyle. We ate from cans; I made sculptures from food and beverage containers. This metal man series now spans 25 years of renditions within a motif I honed and called cankind. I make Can Man and Can Ma’am; I have created many styles and designs. I started with steel cans while I was still on the nuclear disarmament peace road.
I documented the first generation of canman / canma’am with a coloring book. These images were stylized using only multi-generational photocopy machines and the original photos of the sculptures. These early sculptural attempts are documented in a Tin Can Man; A Colorin‘ Book; more of these images can be found online at http://cankind.com/coloringbook_by_jack_trimper.html
These sculptures I continue to assemble. I’ve made near 800 or more.
I transitioned from steel to aluminum containers-- from tomato and olives to soda and brews. I transitioned from the “art” of metal men to the “craft” of the same for the purpose of fostering a good use of what you have.
I designed a series of webpages: www.cankind.com to share the motif and its story.
I tend to involve others in artful activity: founding/directing/teaching at WestEnd Street School / HollMark Artists’ Cooperative ('83-'87); The Vortex Duck Race in Berkeley Springs, WV (1997); artful anti-nuclear activism; ArtCar Parades at Artscape; ArtCart Walks; ATinCan CanTinA; working in any art room and offering self-expression opportunities in diverse settings.
Much of my own self-expression has consistently been connected with my position to offer opportunities to express and succeed, usually in a classroom. I have taught English and Art many times during my professional career; I am presently certified in both in Maryland. When I taught English I promoted self-expression and self-publication; I was advisor for the school newspaper for more than a few schools and student groups. I have taught in many settings including frequently in the street. I began a storefront: “WestEnd Street School.” in the Hollins Market area of west Baltimore. I did this for 3 1/2 years and with the students began a Memorial Day festival then known as “Art in the Street” precursor to the “SoWeBohemian Festival.”
Photography: Black and White Silver Prints
Black and White Silver_prints
I include this older medium/ project because it was formative and practiced. I began framing my imagery in a camera early on and was able to learn black and white silver printing and to make many prints. I worked with some color; I photographed the 1st Pride of Baltimore and other Baltimore locales. I initiated a cooperative darkroom in the HollMark Artists' Cooperative; many used the facility. I taught a class there. My one-man-show of photography was at the Eubie Blake Center in 1983; most of the images included here are from that series entitled “Leanings.” I continued to collect images on B&W film; there are many images I have only seen as negatives.
I will digitalize these early unseen; and I will print and present somewhere. I, too, digitally capture images these days.
This collection reflects where I was in the medium of silver and light chemistry when I shifted to other metals.
My professional and artful lives have been a journey to share and foster self-expression.
Living in SW Baltimore and continuing to conceptualize, experiment, and herein present.