Mural Dedication Celebration
1036 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA
December 1, 2001
We first introduced
our readers to The Crucible in our November 2001 issue (see: Craigslist
Foundation Nonprofit Venture Forum ). The Crucible is a non-profit
educational facility and has classes for both beginners and advanced students
in disciplines such as blacksmithing, welding, metal foundry casting, neon
sculpture, machine shop technology, jewelry fabrication and casting, ceramic
sculpture and mold making.
December 1st, The Crucible celebrated the beginning of its third year and
the completion and dedication of the mural portion of its Façade
Project. The mural, which faces Ashby Ave., is designed by M.S.
Hove (right) and emphasizes the fire arts that are taught
at The Crucible. The mural is reminiscent of the murals of Diego Rivera.
Hove explains, "My studies in primative art led me to the Sepik River area
in Paupua, New Guinea when I was 21, where I saw much interesting art and
culture, but was almost killed by robbers. The art of pre-Columbian Mexico
and South America was another huge influence, which led to studies of the
Mexican muralists of the Communist Revolution, Diego Riviera, Jose Clemente
Orozco, and David Alfred Siquieros. These artists helped me with the challenges
of the Crucible mural. Lately the art of the ancient greeks and rennaisance
era painters have been my focus, their sense of composition and refinement
hold the hardest challenges I have yet seen."
Referring to some
of his other paintings, such as Stairs, Pagoda #1, and Pagoda
#2, I asked him about his introduction to M.C. Escher. "I was introduced
to Escher and hashish simultaneously while on a high school field trip.
Very formative experience. Later, I attended CCAC (California College of
Arts and Crafts) for a couple of years (1987-1990) but quit because I never
faced the challenges I thought I would find at art school."
1994 Hove did performance painting and body painting at the Whole Earth
Expo at Fort Mason and the DNA Lounge. "The performance paintings were
at events with many different types of artists doing all kinds of things,
and I would do a couple of large and fast paintings while people would
watch. Working under pressure like that used to be a thrill, but now it
seems like an excercise in ego gratification. Don't know if I would do
Born and raised in
San Francisco, M.S. Hove now has a studio in West Oakland. Hove prefers
Oakland to San Francisco because of the availability of larger studio spaces
to accomodate his paintings (artist shown with Medusa). In
addition to his work in paint, M.S. Hove creates sculpture and mixed-media
pieces, some of which can be seen on his website (mshove.com).
"My latest project is a 10 ft. tall strobe light activated zoetrope, a
smaller version of which can be seen on my website but needs to be seen
in person to be appreciated."
M.S. Hove invites
interested persons to visit his studio. Contact M.S. Hove at email@example.com
to make an appointment.
celebration at The Crucible also provided an opportunity to tour the facility
and see the students and staff at work. I met with David Friedheim (left),
a welding instructor, who was working alongside co-designer Trisha Kyner (instructor,
figure in clay) on The Big Dog. The Big Dog is well, a big dog...sculptured
out of cement of course. Friedheim excitedly removed the Big Dog's large
glass eye from its protective transportation packaging in order to hold
it in the eye socket so that visitors could more thoroughly admire the
work-in-progress. Friedheim then explained how David LeCheminant,
artist who designed the eyes, proposed the addition of the red spiral/swirl
in the yellow background and the choice of the large pupil to create more
of a visual imapact. Stan Huncilman and Diana Durand (Cement
Sculpture) are also part of The Big Dog artists team. David Friedheim encourages
enthusiasts of The Big Dog to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more about The Big Dog and see photos of its progress. Check
out his website at artbleppo.com
to see other examples of David Friedheim's work.
For the full and current list of course offerings at The Crucible, check
the website: thecrucible.org.
Hurry if you wish to register: classes start January 14th. Almost all of
the equipment at The Crucible is donated, and this helps to keep the tution
prices low. The Crucible also offers opportunities for volunteers to earn
class time (60 hrs volunteer time = a ten week class!). Contact daniel@thecrucible
for the types of volunteer positions available.
The Crucible also
has a gallery. The next exhibit is The Juried Student Show and Refusalon,
January 2- February 8, 2002. See thecrucible.org/gallery/index.html
for more details.
Don't miss The Crucible's
Third Anniversary Benefit and Masquerade Ball - GREAT BALL OF FIRE.
The Great Ball of Fire takes place on Saturday, January 12th at 8pm (until
dawn) and tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Expect performances
by Keith Hennesy & Circo
Zero, DJ Vordo,
Action Marching Band, Ultra
Gypsy, Kelek's Tesla Coil, a Molten Bronze pour, Belly
Dancing, and Fire Sculptures by Orion Fredericks,
Michael Sturtz. Complimentary Hors d'oeurves will
be provided by
Work of Art (until 10pm). Please come "Metamorphosed"
- in costume!
by Sheilah Navat except photos of "The Crucible Mural" and "Medusa" (courtesy
of M.S. Hove).
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