Demiurge is thrilled to be partnering with Brooklyn based artist and designer, Ivan Toth Depena for a second time. Color Field, is a site-specific artwork commissioned by the Art-n-Transit program of Denver for the Federal Center Station. Depena’s work is informed by his experience and background in art, architecture, technology and design. Color Field will utilize natural and LED light in combination with custom colored glass to create a vast display of color.
A true collaborative partner, Demiurge translates artists’ visions and brings them to life. Cost-effective design solutions paired with site-specific fabrication and installation plans create one-of-a-kind works. Our commitment to the artistic quality and integrity is unparalleled.
Artist: Tom Drugan and Laura Haddad of Haddad | Drugan
Title: Iridescent Cloud
Location: Morgridge Family Exploration Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO
Dimensions: 80’ x 35’ x 30’
Materials: Stainless Steel, High-Tensile Cable, Acrylic Tetrahedrons
Demiurge is thrilled to announce the completion and installation of Iridescent Cloud for Haddad | Drugan, an artist team composed of Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan of Seattle, WA. Commissioned and owned by the City and County of Denver, Iridescent Cloud is the public art component of the recent addition to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In conceptualizing the piece, Haddad | Druagn drew inspiration from the “museum’s mineral collection, exhibits about the optical properties of light, and Colorado’s dynamic sun and sky, and iridescent clouds”.
Demiurge recently completed the first phase installation of Iridescent Cloud, an assemblage of acrylic prisms and stainless steel rods delicately suspended above the ground by a high-tensile cable net stretched between three massive stainless steel columns.
This first phase of installation saw Demiurge install three massive hexagonal columns onto previously prepared foundations. The components were craned into place and secured to their foundations on site at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Demiurge will conclude production of the “Cloud” element and complete the second and final phase of installation in early February 2014.
Demiurge is excited to be working with, artist/architect, Tristan Al-Haddad. During a recent visit Al-Haddad worked closely with Demiurge owner, Joe Riché and lead fabricator, Jason Below to research, develop and prepare fabrication methods for, Allotrope, a new work heading to Dallas, Texas in 2014.
Allotrope is undoubtedly complex in both conception and physicality. “Allotrope is fundamentally about movement, change, transformation and flux; and in this way it is an analog to the city itself. It is understood to be an essential element that exists in various allotropic configurations that react to and engage the formal gestures of the building and initiate a dialog with various works of art and architecture throughout the arts district…” (from artist). Demiurge is looking forward to collaborating with Al-Haddad on this challenging and innovative project.
Artist: Soo-in Yang
Title: Idea Tree
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA
Dimensions: 40’l x 40’w x 18’h
Materials: Carbon Steel, Concrete, Polycarbonate, Stainless Steel Cable, Fiber Reinforced Plastic
Date of Completion: September, 2013
Demiurge recently completed Idea Tree by architect and artist Soo-in Yang. The piece was commissioned by the City of San Jose Public Art Program as part of the renovations to the City of San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Demiurge and Soo-in Yang worked with a number of consultants and collaborators across three continents, countless time zones and many design changes to bring this piece to fruition within the schedule and budget allotted.
Idea Tree provides a high profile gateway to the convention center by creating a link between art and technology. The sculpture accepts audio inputs - speech, song, ambient noise - and by interacting with and learning from participants using advanced AI and speech recognition software, these sounds are used to create a dynamic audio composition. Idea Tree is the embodiment of the idea that a convention center is a place where people gather to share ideas and concepts, forming the seeds for these ideas to grow and evolve.
Artist: Joe Riché
Title of Work: Untitled- 09.06.19 and The Doom-06.09.11
Location: Republic Plaza, 17th St and Tremont Denver, Colorado
Dimensions: 144”h x 120”w x 96”d
Materials: Carbon Steel, Catalyzed Paint Coating
Date of Completion: June, 2013
Joseph Riche was born in New Orleans in 1974 and currently lives in Denver, CO where he owns and operates Demiurge LLC. Riche’s work has been exhibited at several solo, museum and public art venues throughout his career. He served as a member of the City of Denver’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Committee from 2003 to 2013.
This exhibition is composed of two pieces - Untitled and The Doom, which evolved from Riche’s previous work with assemblages of geometric shapes, such as Trade Deficit. These pieces trade the regularized rectangular volumes of the shipping containers in Trade Deficit for a more variegated and complex assemblage of randomized polygons. These small forms aggregate to form a basic shape which is then sculpted through subtraction into a sculptural form. This piece inverts the previous dichotomy between ordered modules and chaotic form by using randomized chaotic modules to create a larger balanced composition. As the viewer moves around and past each piece on the streetscape, the perception of each sculpture’s composition changes due to its manifold shape and complex arrangement, giving the viewer alternating glimpses of chaos and order as different elements of the sculpture are revealed.
Demiurge recently received our second 3D print of Gale Fulton Ross’s piece for Opa Locka, FL, One Story. This revision shows a refined bust with more clearly defined features and preliminary structural engineering and analysis taken into account. Demiurge and Fulton Ross will continue working towards a finished sculpture that addresses artistic, structural, and budgetary concerns as each piece of public art must.
Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, of artist team HADDAD | DRUGAN, recently visited Demiurge to check on the progress of their piece, Iridescent Cloud, which is slated for installation at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this winter. While here, Laura and Tom gave us input on the aesthetic development of the piece, and worked with us to get the logistics for this project ironed out. We are looking forward to fabricating and installing this piece in the coming months.
Demiurge has recently completed a second project for artist Volkan Alkanoglu, titled Quill Motion. The project was commissioned by the Utah Public Art Division for the Salt Lake City Community College in Taylorsville, Utah, and installed in August of this year. Quill Motion is 13 feet across and 41 feet high; the piece spans three floors of the SLCC Instructional Administration Building, interacting with and accentuating the structure and composition of the building.
“Constructed out of 300 folded and painted aluminum panels the aggregation of these multiple components and resultant dynamic motion reflects the inherent qualities and ideologies of the Humanistic Department at the college. It represents the ambiguous effort to to implement and flourish culture through an evolution of media and its vessels of communication.”
“Located within RedLine’s Sustainability Park, “Scholar Rock After Monet” offers an opportunity to reflect on nature and our relationship within it. In conversation with the landscape of the park and the city, “Scholar Rock after Monet” will highlight the changing seasons as the backdrop of light and foliage shift to create new formal relationships with the crags, crevices, and colors of the sculpture’s surface.” - Matt Harris
In addition, Demiurge is excited to be working with Harris on another piece based on Bernini’s masterpiece, Apollo and Daphne, commissioned by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for a new sculpture park on the campus to be completed this fall.
For more images of Matt Harris’ residency project, check here.
Gale Fulton Ross recently visited the Demiurge studio in Denver, Colorado to finalize design details for her piece, One Story, to be installed in Opa Locka, Florida in January of 2014. Demiurge was able to create a workflow that took advantage of our advanced digital input and output tools while enabling the artist to retain creative control over the project. Demiurge will produce a number of small maquettes in anticipation of starting fabrication in October of this year.
Demiurge recently hosted structural engineer Adrian Crowther of Arup at our studio in Denver for several days to observe the fabrication of Idea Tree for the San Jose Convention Center by Lifethings. Crowther is the project lead from Arup working with us on this sculpture, and has been instrumental in addressing the stringent structural needs of this piece.
Arup is a leading international engineering firm specializing in novel and complex structures, and it has been a pleasure to collaborate with them on this project.
Lifethings, based in Seoul, South Korea, has been commissioned to design an interactive sculpture outside the newly renovated San Jose Convention Center and is working with Demiurge to fabricate the piece.
Fabrication is about to begin on artist Ivan Toth Depena's Arc- located at the Northeast Regional Branch Library in Aventura, Florida. The library was demolished as a result of damage from Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and the commissioned project uses the wind data retrieved from NOAA during Hurricane Wilma’s landfall (speed and direction) to generate a sculptural form. The idea of transforming something negative into something positive and learning from the environment create the project’s conceptual foundation. The piece was commissioned as part of the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places program and is tentatively scheduled for installation this fall.
Local interior design firm Studio 4D contacted Demiurge to design and produce a series of 3 tables inspired by boulders. Demiurge took the opportunity to show off our parametric design and production capabilities.
Our designer began by working with Studio 4D to define a height and width for the tables, a bounding box within which each table would always fit. Using Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, we programmed a simulation which would alter a basic rectangular form by adding random facets at different points on the table. The design software was set to produce one table for every second the simulation was running, enabling us to produce as many iterations as were necessary to find visually appealing forms. The simulation was started and a series of well over 300 tables was generated to start with.
From these several hundred unique tables, we selected three sets of three tables to present to Studio 4D, and allowed their designers to select the set which was most appealing.
Following selection, we used the parametric script to unroll and label all of the parts for the tables, and used RhinoNest to create a sheet layout using custom nesting parameters that would enable us to efficiently shear the material. Parts were cut and stitch welded together to create a finished form.
Final welding completely joined the edges together after which the welds were chased and ground to a smooth finish. The piece was primed, sanded, and painted, then cured over a course of four hours to set the automotive quality enamel.
Demiurge hopes to demonstrate that the integration of fabrication constraints with the design phase of a project can yield exceptional results which surpass traditional analog design paradigms yet utilize a fraction of the resources and capital investment of cutting-edge digital fabrication. We hope to continue to develop and refine tools for translating digital information to analog processes in hopes of applying the precision of digital tools and methodologies to projects while retaining the flexibility and adaptability of traditional analog fabrication methods.
Demiurge is currently hosting artist Matt Harris as he completes a large outdoor piece as part of Demiurge’s Sculpture Fabrication Residency. Matt is creating his sculpture based on the form of a Chinese scholar stone treated with vivid impressionist style paint and sealed with an epoxy clear coat for outdoor exhibition. The piece is scheduled to open near the end of July at Denver’s Sustainability Park. More information and completed project images are coming soon.