Dear Diary: Alex Diamond
Last year, I curated the most awesome George Hearts Maria show at heliumcowboy– and shared space with Alex Diamond. His next show will be in Berlin this summer during fashion week (during their only warm week I presume). You can check out more of his work here!
My day at the studio starts like almost everywhere else: without a strong
coffee, the engine won‘t run … especially considering the fact that I usually
begin my day very early in the morning. ,The Alex Diamond Mining
Company‘ shares this huge space with heliumcowboy, and my workshop is
in a separate room connected to the gallery. The facilities are more like an
open showroom and workspace, featuring an open kitchen and even a small boxing gym, and has a loft-like character.
Coffee in hand, I spend the quietness of the morning hours in my office for
emails, web updates, other projects I am working on and (sometimes) the
more bureaucratic side of work.
Moving over into the workshop, I am checking the last wood carving I‘ve finished recently, before dusting it off thoroughly and varnishing it. After
varnishing, there are no changes or corrections possible. It‘s always a great feeling putting the final touches on new work.
Taking a break by the window to the backyard while the varnish dries …
surrounded by a mural by artists ADAMEVA. Sometimes I use these
breaks playing a little bit on the guitar as well (just for my own pleasure) – the main space here has a fantastic acoustic.
Preparing to work on a piece from my new series in the workshop:
putting the apron on, honing the blades and getting back to carving.
The last and final details need to be carved out of this piece, using the
smallest blades I got. Compared to my works from the past years, this is a
new direction in carving – building upon layers of more abstract, painted
backgrounds, and coloring in most cut out parts with a sponge-technique.
Tiny, razor-sharp blades are used for the last step of working on this piece
called ,One More Tired Thing‘ (which is a part from the lyrics of a Calexico song). I have been working on this woodblock (20 x 20 inches) for a longer
time now. Wood carving the way I do it is a very meticulous process – a lot of precision is needed, and mistakes are irrevocable ..
(Late) lunch time! Today it‘s indian (we have an open kitchen in the showroom). In the background: artwork by Jo Fischer and Victor Castillo.
And back again for a few hours to the last bits of carving …
… before it‘s finally done! I use a very soft brush to clean off all the tiny wood shavings. Whichm by the way, I collect for each work in preserving jars, just like our mothers and grandmothers used for preserving fruits and jam and pickles …
The finished work:
‘One More Tired Thing’
wood carving, acrylic paint, ink, wood, 50 x 50 x 3 cm (2013)