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As seen on TV: The great outdoors in high-definition" or "Becoming Unplugged

   by Jason Reid for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Untitled

Inspiration Artist: Keith Haring

I began by cutting two of the wood pieces in half and gluing them to form the feet and legs. Next I unfolded the cardboard box and cut it to size, glued it with the elmers glue and reassembled it. I used leftover cardboard to make flaps for the top of the legs to hold it to the body. I glued the flaps to the legs and covered them with four layers of shredded newsprint and diluted glue to give them strength. I covered the feet and legs with the Chavant clay up to the flaps. Using my own modeling clay, I formed a mold for the hill by laying the clay over crumpled plastic bags. With the newsprint and diluted glue, I did four layers of paper mache over the clay form and removed it from the form when it was dry. The tree was made from a wooden dowel that I drilled holes into to hold the wire. When the wire was shaped for the branches, I dipped newsprint strips in diluted glue and wrapped them around the tree form. After the tree was painted I attached pieces of sculpted and painted floral foam for the leaves and added a small amount of glue to the back of each one to secure them. The clouds were made with the plastic pellets that were melted, shaped and then painted and glued onto the background. The black cord that my figure is holding is made from rope with one strand removed. The plug was fashioned from sculpey and the prongs are the plastic pellets which were painted after it was melted, rolled thin and cut into shape. The cord is attached to the back of the box with a piece of sculpey that is hot glued to the box. The remote control in the other hand of my figure is made from sculpted and painted floral foam. The arms are cut from the largest wood block in the kit. The arms were cut at an angle on top with two holes drilled in each. They are covered with Chavant modeling clay and the hands are made from that as well. The arms are attached to the box with hooks made from the wire. Two wire hooks are inserted in each side of the box and wire goes through the holes drilled in the top of the arms. The front of the box was cut from the top of the Mystery Build box. After it was cut to size and hot glued to the front, I covered it with strips of newsprint using diluted glue. After it was painted I drew on the design. All the elements in the box were first base-coated with black paint then dry brushed with the colors you see. The figure is solid red and the design around the box was drawn on with a paint marker.

My inspiration piece is a figure that appeared in a few of Keith Haring's paintings. It is a person with a TV for a head. The particular piece I used for inspiration is an image of the shoulders and head of one of these figures with an earth-like planet inside the head. Since most of Keith Haring's paintings are untitled, they are hard to identify. On one website where I found the image, it was titled "TV World", but I think that was just the title that the operator of the website assigned to it.

My inspiration piece is a figure that appeared in a few of Keith Haring's paintings. It is a person with a TV for a head. The particular piece I used for inspiration is an image of the shoulders and head of one of these figures with an earth-like planet inside the head. Since most of Keith Haring's paintings are untitled, they are hard to identify. On one website where I found the image, it was titled "TV World", but I think that was just the title that the operator of the website assigned to it.

 


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