The Illuminator sculptures are part of a growing fleet.  An illuminator refers to an illuminating agent; a person or thing that illuminates or gives light intellectually or spiritually.  I imagined these ship sculptures going forth, each with a unique attitude of illumination

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THE ILLUMINATOR
Vacuum Tubes, Light Bulbs, Lite Brites, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue, 8”H x 24 ½”L x 4”W, 2008

 

The Illuminator, the first of this sculpture fleet, has a well-defined ship model design comprising an amalgam of vacuum tubes, Christmas lights, and Lite Brites. Call it the flag ship if you will. I wanted an aesthetic contrast of material and color to set off the unique components.

THE 2ND ILLUMINATOR
Light Bulbs, Lite Brites, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
8”H x 25”W x 5”D, 2008, Wall Mount

 

For The 2nd Illuminator, the lights and toy parts can be personified (people aboard, adults with children).  It is a work with directional drive and a sense of somber gravity.  The Christmas lights and Lite Brites are playful and festive; the composition is one of “huddled masses” crowded in steerage and above deck. 

THE 3RD ILLUMINATOR
Electrical Components, Light Bulbs, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue, 12”H x 26”W x 5”D, 2008, Wall Mount

 

The 3rd Illuminator composes old electronic objects and very few lights.  These came from material collected by my Grandfather, who cannibalized broken household devices and appliances for repair and reuse.  This sculpture carries generational history and utilitarian pragmatism.

THE 4th ILLUMINATOR
Found Wood, Light Bulbs, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
Resin Hardener, 11”H x 36”L x 10”W, 2008

 

The 4th Illuminator has an activated composition of personified Christmas lights swarming over a precarious structure of resin-hardened river wood.

THE 5th ILLUMINATOR
Light Bulbs, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue,
5”H x 24”L x 5”W, 2009, Wall Mount

 

For The 5th Illuminator, I chose to mortar the light bulbs into place, creating a contrasting solid structural sculpture with the delicateness of glass material arranged in a strong flowing composition.

THE 6TH ILLUMINATOR
Plastic and Wood Toys, Light Bulbs, Wood, Apoxie Sculpt, CA Glue, Epoxy Resin, Acrylic, 18”H x 26”L x 9”W, 2009.

 

Visualizing The 6th Illuminator, I thought about the imagery and absurdities in Fellini’s movie “And The Ship Sails On.”  I created a disproportionally tall ship from toy building sets, populated by ghostly candle lights on deck.  There is a contrasting quality to the boldly colored hull and the apparition presence of the lights.

   
 
Chris Nitsche | Savannah GA | 912-898-7584 | chrismel@bellsouth.net