@1 year ago
Terbo Ted Installation at Mom’s Silver Shop, Watt and Auburn, Sacramento, CA. http://www.momssilvershop.com
Full disclosure: Mom from Mom’s Silver Shop is my actual mom.
I am a grown man and have displayed my various art works throughout the State of California, and as far away as New York, France, Australia and Japan. Yet it is super cool to have pieces in my Mom’s retail store. Buy some! My mom can get plenty more, and commission new works as well.
My mom has always been a huge supporter of my creativity, from the finger painting age through middle age. Our taste in artwork is certainly very different; my mom prefers large frames heavy on bevel, engraving detail and color; I avoid frames or go for square black minimal. When my late father died and we were sifting through the estate, my father had many pieces by the artist Marty Viljamaa; my mom took all of his landscapes and I took all the abstracts. Even when it comes to artwork we both enjoy- florals- our taste is widely different; I prefer bolder, more vivid; my mother, softer, more pastel.
The installation before you at Mom’s Silver Shop is very much to my liking, and faithfully assembled by my mother and stepfather in a manner consistent with my aesthetics and not theirs, of which I am highly thankful, humbled and grateful. I’m fairly certain if it was up to my mom, each one of these pieces would be carefully framed and separated, and not installed in a cluster like I prefer.
For the past decade I’ve been working with a fairly simple design system that’s very much like TETRIS or LEGOS. I like to make square pieces on plywood that are based on symmetrical breakdowns of a common four by eight sheet of ply. So I might make objects that are 24”x24”, or 12”x12”, or 8”x8”, that are intended to be free associated back together later. Even my larger works are based on this principle; this year I’ve been making 72”x72” pieces, which also fit this system. People that have collected my works over the years can add new pieces and then reinstall them in new groupings.
I prefer for the works to be fastened directly to the wall with common drywall screws. This is useful in a number of ways: the screws generally leave less marks on the wall than nails and are super easy to install with a cordless drill; when installed properly with a level, the pieces can’t be nudged crooked from passers by, normal settling of buildings, or small earthquakes; they won’t fall, which is something that happens sometimes to framed prints or hung canvases. I also like to make my pieces very durable, and like what happens to them as they start to age and wear, I’m kind of rough with them myself and don’t mind them getting marked up over time, which is what happens to most objects as they age anyway. Most of the works here are finished either in epoxy resin or layers of water based floor sealer. To clean the epoxy pieces, isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel work great. To clean the pieces covered with floor sealer, don’t use too much water- especially around the edges- but the surfaces can withstand some gentle scrubbing if they somehow get stained, which isn’t the case with normal paintings on canvas, which are very difficult to clean.
It should be noted in context that I have designed nearly 20 silver bullion rounds that have been produced over the years, and my mom might have some on display, feel free to ask. One of the motifs I’ve worked with in .999 fine silver is skulls- ‘Pirate’ coins we call them- and here in Mom’s Silver Shop, she has my 12”x12” mixed media skulls on plywood for sale as well. If you’ve been following us for awhile, these will look familiar.