Journey of the Ice Boat

Working at night on the ice

(sorry about the wind sound, it was intense)

End of day one Sweden making of Ice Boat

Making the full scale Mold in Sweden

Sweden 1st day, making a path

Packing the car moments before the "Journey of the Ice Boat" begins

Making second Glass Paddle in the Netherlands

First attempt on making a glass paddle

Berlin Ice boat performance

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Descriptions of studio projects

Descriptions of studio projects

“Interaction” aka (Ice hand)

This Happening is a interaction I will create between a ice hand and a or multiple participants. The climax arises when the participant can't connect no longer or the ice hand melts away.
Every interaction between ice and humans is unique what the out come happens to be depends on the participants.

“Charged Reflection” aka (Frozen TV)

This concept consists up of a television which showing nothing but unfocused grey buzzing screen that is incased in a thick ice block.
This work reflects the continuation of the MTV Generation which is still active in todays society. I like to reflect that the television incased in ice symbolizes that the television still prevails even in extreme times.

“Bailout” aka (Frozen pennies)

This Sculpture consists of 10,000 pennies (hundred dollars worth of pennies) and incased in ice. This ice sculpture is based on the idea of the 21 first century economic bailout plan. What is happening to our currency? Where does the money go? How does this effect?
The pennies symbolizes the economy, the ice symbolizes the people in control of the money and the location symbolizes the destiny of the money.

I still have to figure out more details of where “Bailout” should be placed.

Timeline for studio projects

Timeline for studio projects,

Jan. 31th final Deadline for Television Frozen in Ice:

Jan. 1st Completed water proofing television

Jan. 3rd Begin freezing in ice

Began putting layers of ice, but interrupted after a week progress freezing conditions switched to warmer temperature stopped suitable conditions.
Weather warming up freezing conditions not suitable for incasing TV. Moving to plan B working with electric freezers.
Plan B: freezing ready made ice blocks. I then will take the blocks of ice then pile them around the Television and freeze all into one piece.

Jan. 12th began freezing with freezers

Jan. 30th Putting ice blocks around television then filming television thats contained by ice.

Jan. 3nd final Deadline
"Interaction" (Two hands connecting with each other one is made from ice the other is a human hand. This work is a happening documented by video):

After my talk with Nicolas the film was not suitable for presentation though the sound recording was successful in my opinion (I am figuring out how I can post the sound clip). My plan is to remake the film on the 24th.

The original sound recording from the first filming I felt has something but I feel I need a second opinion, though it is a bit long after about 13 minutes I feel it becomes more interesting.

I still feel it is useful to remake the film and get better visuals.
I will remake the film with the concept of taking a block of ice and interacting with my hand possibly work with two angles.

March 25th final Deadline
"Bailout" :(An ice brick containing $100 (10,000 pennies).

Feb.23 finished with making ice brick with pennies inside

Jan. 16th begin "Bailout" project: starting to freezing pennies.

Studio Project Plan (First Year TI)

TI Studio Project

Working title:
Momentary Influence

My studio project is based on the idea of moments of influence. Other words: a moment of transformation. This idea was formed out of my fascination of how humans and the environment influence each other. I like to acknowledge how these two forces (humans and nature) are connected and influence one another.

I will create a series of artworks using primarily glass and ice, and occasionally ready made objects. I will document these artwork by film, sound recording, writing, photography, and possibly interviews.
My final artworks will be the live events, with exceptions to performances that can only be show on film. Since I must present my work later on I will have the documentation. 

I feel when a ephemeral artwork takes place it is all about time when it reaches its climax of beauty and then disappears that is “Momentary influence”. I like to explore how beauty can transform one persons way of see, just with in a instant we change significantly or with minor change, but we do change for that matter.
The climax of change, the turning point is what my series is going to be based on.

What I want to discover and show in this series is my fascination and curiosity with ephemeral objects. I want to look into the characteristics of glass and ice and the transformation they go through. I want to demonstrate the use of glass and ice as more then just a medium. I want to display the character in which the materials are in and look at how it can impact its direct environment, and vice-versa.

The reason I have chosen glass and ice as my primary mediums is their natural similarities, differences and qualities.
The natural ability glass and ice can be found in nature or popularity in every day life. I find interesting they are also both ephemeral materials. They both have specific conditions they must be in if they want to stay in the same form: ice must be in curtain temperature and glass must me conditioned to handle the forces of gravity (gravity will transform the glass figure).Their are many varieties of glass and ice they are found or created in. I like their unique ability to be manipulated or recycled easily and their sensitive to temperature. Glass and ice are also quite different but can often trick the eye. This deception I feel is its one of their differences. If only experiencing ice by documentation the element of feeling disappears. The feeling of its cold temperature or the ability to indicate if the ice is dry and hazardous to human touch.
My interest with glass and ice is also to challenge myself to take these materials and use them out of their normal context of everyday life. I want to bring it into the art space or into an “open space” which offers the interaction and dialog amongst artist, colleges and spectators.

The various pieces of works will consist of constructing and destructing landscapes, embracing objects, or interact with the forces it is confronted with, such as human influence, natural elements (heat, wind, rain, sun, etc).
I will use molds; such as latex gloves, rubber balloons, plastic bags and other forms I find. These molds I will then fill with liquid, coloring or leave clear which afterwards would freeze into the established form that suits the work. 

For the works that involve glass pieces I will use readymade glass or keep the glass objects clear and simple. I want to put the accent on the concept not on the craftsmanship though I still will use the craft of glassblowing if it is necessary for the work.

I like to ask my self these questions during my process:

How does glass and ice interact with there environment?
Can the concept I have used be expressed better other then using glass and ice? And why?
How does glass and ice support the concept used in the artwork?
How did the final artwork influence me as the creator?
At this juncture my goal is to have this method of creating bring me closer to finding and applying new ways to my practice. I will study the actions and reactions that occur in the environment of my work.
I want to bring more uncertainty and sensitivity into my art and establish a closer relationship to my process.

Criteria I will use to evaluate the success of the art project:

1. Did I accomplish what I had envisioned?
2. What was the response from others?
3. Did it have the level of quality I wanted?
4. Did I stay within the plan?
5. Did I have fun doing it?
6. Was I able to connect with my peers and mentor?
7. Did I get new insights and ideas?
8. Did I choose the right locations
9. Did I get a deeper understanding of the place my art has in my life?
10. In retrospect, did I miss something; should I have included something?
11. Did I do enough or could I have done more?
12. Did I present it well; how could I have improved it
13. Did it have a positive impact
14. Was my presentation understood well

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Research Project Plan (First Year TI)

Is it a Craft or is it an Art or is it both?

Research Project Plan
Quint Welters

In my past experience I have been confused thinking about my glassblowing craft and the conceptual art I have created. I feel they are different, but come from one place. I look at glass purely technically, but my art work comes from another place. I want to bring up and discuss these two perspectives and see if there are other creative people who have a similar problem and come up with some kind of a conclusion to clarify what is going on with these two creative practices.

I want to show that there is a distinction between art and craft. I want to talk about the area where art and craft meet, which confuses and distorts the understanding within and outside the creative community.

Why were the fields of 'arts' and 'crafts' separated, and can this be sustained in a contemporary setting?

The paper discusses specifically this issue in the context of glass art and glass craft practices.

Since I am not much of a writer I will create a video. This video will show the interviews and conversations I will have with various individuals in the creative community and address my research question. From this video I will create an edited transcript which I will submit as my research paper along with the video itself.

In the execution of this research paper I will follow this basic outline;

-Make a detailed video story board, based on the research paper guidelines
-Write up interview questions and conversation topics
-Find suitable individuals to interview
-Gather up sound and video recordings
-Have interviews and conversations with individuals
-Edit video and sound material

Aside from the conversations and interviews, sources that I will also be using to produce this paper are:

The Craftsman, by Richard Sennett

What is Art?: Conversations with Joseph Beuys by Joseph Beuys and Volker Harlan

Wikipedia and other online sources

Below is my first years work in Transart

Below is my first years Transart studio work which is a series of ephemeral film, sculpture, installation created over the first year at transart which led me to this ice boat project.


"Economic Melt Down" (First Draft model)

"Interacting with Currency"


Medium: Ice and plastic installation

"Another Interaction"

"Last Call"

"Interaction" clip

"Transfer" (installation)

"Transfer" (installation)
medium: Ice/water, plastic bottles Duration: 8 hours

"Transfer" (Installation)

"Transfer" (Installation)
medium: Ice/water, plastic bottles Duration: 8 hours

"Transfer" (Installation)

"Transfer" (Installation)
medium: Ice/water, plastic bottles Duration: 8 hours


first few layers of ice, freezing television in progress


first few layers of ice, freezing television in progress


first few layers of ice, freezing television in progress


first few layers of ice, freezing television in progress

"Bailout" (possible location)

"Bailout" (possible location)

"Bailout" model

"Bailout" model
close up

"Bailout" model

"Bailout" model
"Bailout" test Run

"Bailout" Model

"Bailout" Model
"Bailout" test pic