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Mario Carta

8 Days Ago

The Raven A Sculpture I Want To Make.

That's all I have had on my mind for most of the day and then this after noon I started to set up and one thing led to another and he starting to emerge from a 5 lb box of 10d 3" bright steel common nails. This again was a free form attempt using no photos or drawings or measurements, just allowing the nails to conform to what a raven looks like to me.

I hope to have some video later tonight to share, I might even be surprised and this raven might even makes his full manifestation later tonight.

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VIVA Anderson

8 Days Ago

Exciting news, Mario.
The Raven has such significance to so many cultures, historically. Great choice. Go for it.
(A member once painted a While
Raven, and named it VIVA THE WHITE RAVEN...I treasure her thoughtful image so beautiful. )
A New Zealander artist, Ali Oppy.

 

VIVA Anderson

8 Days Ago

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/viva-the-white-raven-ali-oppy.html

 

Bill Tomsa

8 Days Ago

Hey Mario, thought you might be interested in seeing this guy's stuff.

John Bisbee has a huge reputation for his sculptures made from welded nails. Yes those are all nails.

https://www.johnbisbee.com/

Bill Tomsa

https://bill-tomsa.pixels.com

 

Roger Swezey

8 Days Ago

Bill,

Checked out Bisbee

To me, his EYE is totally different than Mario's

 

Bill Tomsa

8 Days Ago

Roger, I wasn't comparing Mario's work to Bisbee's. I think the difference in technique is obvious to even a casual observer.

I just thought Mario would be interested in seeing other works created exclusively from welded nails on a large scale.

I look at other artist's work all the time without the thought that I shouldn't just because it isn't like mine.

Bill Tomsa

https://bill-tomsa.pixels.com

 

Mario Carta

8 Days Ago

The white raven very cool Viva, I am familiar with Ali Oppy's work and like it a lot. Well I just completed my Raven and I am pretty exhausted but very pleased. I will take my shower now and sip some green tea and upload the video.

I have no idea what the video captured, I started recording after I started working as my battery was dead.

Thanks Bill, I checked out John's work and it's very interesting,not exactly my cup of tea but he has some pieces that I will revisit later, but like Roger said it's a different vision. I usually try not to look at other artists work when I'm about to or in the middle of doing one, it just creates a distraction from what comes to me naturally. When I'm not working on something I do like to check out other artists works for sure. :-)

I will upload some video in a little while,but first got to cool off, they keep saying winter is coming, I say when? It felt like 92* under that welding helmet.

 

Mario Carta

8 Days Ago

It's uploading, it will take 20 min, it's like 2 hours condensed into 7 min. by speeding up the video by 16X.

 

VIVA Anderson

8 Days Ago

Can't wait, Mario....and,agree with keeping focused....all very exciting......

 

Mario Carta

8 Days Ago

So here is the 7 min or so video, condensed from 2 hours of recording, the sculpture took 10 hours to make, stopping only for dinner. I used 10d bright common nails for the body and cut nails I had left from War Horse on the tail feathers and neck, I also used .030 flux core welding wire, gasless.

 

Matthias Hauser

8 Days Ago

Very cool Mario, love both the video and the raven. Great work! :-)

 

Tame Anderson

8 Days Ago

Tame see Mario move very fast yes. Little hammer tap tap tap make bird. Tame likes birds. Tame like woodpeckers. Woodpeckers move very fast. Woodpeckers tap tap tap head against tree. Woodpeckers eat worms[smile].

 

Mario Carta

8 Days Ago

Thank you Matthias! Thank you Tame! :-)

Still have a lot of nails left, thinking what else might be living in that box of nails.

 

Wow! Wonderful video & enjoyable music too. Well done on the bird. I love seeing all the intense work you put into it.

Watching you work reminded me of how I used to enjoy watching the farrier work the horse shoes into shape.

Heating, hammering, dunking in a bucket of water...... so mesmerizing :)

 

Mario Carta

8 Days Ago

Thank you Carlin! :-)

 

Dora Hembree

8 Days Ago

Very enjoyable to watch, once again. The worm was a great addition.

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

Thanks Dora, that baby snake really made me work. :-)

 

Dora Hembree

7 Days Ago

They will do that Mario. Its all of that wiggling:) Sorry that I didn't realize that it was a baby snake instead of a worm. They do wiggle similarly...at least when they are made of metal and being eaten by a metal raven.

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

No problem Dora, it started out as a worm and morphed on me into a baby snake, it was tough getting the weld in the beak without making a mess of a weld, so those things coming out of the side of the beak is the poor baby snakes innards not my weld, Lol!

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

Today among other things was the culmination of this series of sculptures I have done over the past days, from Nahum the large concrete and cement monument sculpture to War Horse the steel sculpture made of cut nails and the others that followed, The Walker, Exhausted,Elated, The Raven and today's newest The Runner which is shown in this new short 2.5 min. video.

What I learned is that when I lose myself in my art work I don't have time to dwell or think about the things in life I cannot change or have control over, mainly some health issues. Today I lost my battle with gum disease and in the next few weeks I won't have to worry about it anymore. I had a dental appointment today and to not stress over the inevitable I started and completed The Runner sculpture before the appointment.

What I realized was that when I view all these sculptures although they were not meant to be self portraits of myself, in a way, a subconscious way, I realize now as I look at the complete series that these sculptures are or have subconscious traits and attributes about how I see myself in part, those I would not communicate or verbalize about myself. This is the end of this series, that does not mean there will not be more to come down the road as I know I will have to lose myself in my work again.





 

Murray Bloom

7 Days Ago

Really like it, Mario. I had a thought. Why not contact the Baltimore Ravens (my local pro football team)? Perhaps they'd like to buy it for their offices.

https://www.baltimoreravens.com/

 

Mario Carta

7 Days Ago

Thank you Murray! I wouldn't know how to handle the rejection. Lol!

 

Mario Carta

6 Days Ago

It's back to the drawing board, I just purchased 2 rolls or 4 lbs of welding wire, the weather finally got cool today. Now it's like what do I want to weld? and I wait for inspiration........or a sign.....or something.....I mean there is only so much you can do with a box of nails. :-)

 

Mario Carta

6 Days Ago

CHEETAH! she's in the works...magnificent huntress!

 

Mario Carta

6 Days Ago

Thank you all for your comments, I will close this thread now as I have completed The Raven, I will try to video the making of Cheetah in another thread if I can get back from making customers rounds early, I will try like heck. :-)

 

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