Work Bench/Place/Space // Mike Smith

I’ve been pestering other artists to send me photos of their work spaces, so I decided to document my ‘cleaning day’.  Before and after.  I hope you can tell the difference!                            

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Work Bench/Place/Space // Mike Smith

  1. I can’t even find my workspace.

  2. paula says:

    i want that purple tube!!!! 🙂 fun to see but hard to believe how neat and organized it is. is that for real because you have to for the car and family?

  3. Yeah, There are two cars parked in there every night. It’s a good thing my Miata is small! You can see in the first photo how everything gets piled up in that corner. And, yes, I did reorganize it to. I use the leaf blower to ‘clean’ it. I try to keep my metal scrap pile to a manageable level and work from that. Of course, if I come across something I can use, I grab it. The mechanic’s shop at work is a gold mine.

    It probably is a good thing I have to park two cars in there every night. I hate to think what it would look like otherwise!

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