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there different ways of displaying your spheres? Such as a tabletop
prop that you can use to rotate the spheres?
Most of the time I hang the spheres from ceiling motors so I can
control the motion speed. Some spheres I have mounted from below
so they can come off of a pedestal. An outside sphere at the Law
Enforcement Academy in Wyoming is mounted from below. So is a
piece I did for Coca Cola Corporation.
They look very complex and time consuming. How long does it take
for you to finish a project?
Most of my spheres take two to three months. The larger ones,
can take 9 months.
What makes a good subject for a Termesphere?
In order to be honest to the sphere, the subjects for the spheres
have to talk about spherical ideas. I have painted a variety of
subjects from the interiors of great architecture..
Forward to the Beginning, "The Stairway
This is a twenty-four inch diameter spherical painting. It was
commissioned by Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen, South
Dakota. The stairs symbolize our paths and choices through life.
Surrealistic worlds.. "To Build a Hole" :
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is the project you are working on at the moment?
I am working on three different spheres at this moment. STONEHENGE,
where I am standing in the middle of the monoliths and turning
in a circle. Wonderful geometry comes from the Sun and the Moon
on the horizon. I think it is exciting that early man was so curious
about the order of the universe.
MOUNT MARTY in Yankton SD has commissioned me to paint a sphere
of the interior of the campus Library.
WRIGLEY FIELD in Chicago also is a commission I have been asked
to do on a sphere. It should be fun to wrap that 1914 ball field
onto the sphere with the history of the past and the excitement
of the moment.
You have painted hundreds of Termespheres. What is there that
you still want to explore and that keeps you painting on spheres?
You know, I don't think of it as painting on spheres. I think
of it as painting in a different dimension, a dimension that allow
total worlds around you, like the world we live in. This dimension
has as much or more to say than the flat surface and look how
many paintings have been done on the flat surface. Once you have
played in this dimension it is very hard to come back to the flat
world. Have you read the Flatlanders?
The flat artist allows the viewer to look into his or her window,
I allow people to come in through the window and turn around and
see the whole room, even the people outside the window. The computer
people are now allowing people to crawl through the window, look
around in a circle and take a walk in that room and even enter
into other rooms.