ANDRES has combined his inventive
experience in both mechanical design and mechanical and sculptural
art to create two remarkable organizations. Triple Aught Inc.
is an engineering company building next generation energy
technologies based on David's portfolio of patents. He is
also founder of Therm, a group of artists who have performed
with their innovative fire sculpture garden to audiences of
over 2000, as well as smaller private exhibits. His emission-free
engine designs may create a place for him in business, but
it is his art that inspires these elegant new designs.
CEARLEY started his career with a BFA focusing primarily
on 2-D work such as photography, drawing, painting and lithography.
Shortly out of school he entered the Society for Creative
Anachronism (SCA) where he taught himself to make full size
functioning plate armor. From there he entered the world
of metal sculpture and bronze casting. After more than ten
years of experience in all aspects of making and casting
bronze art, he helped found Therm where he has been expressing
his form of fire sculpture for over three years.
GRAY has over nine years of experience in metal fabrication
and has run a successful fabrication business for the last
four years. He has worked with many mediums of fabrication
in commissioned sculpture, furniture and home installations
all of which contribute to his more recent explorations in
the world of fire sculpture. His sculptures attempt to merge
the realm of functionality with his unique artistic sensibilities
to create bold pieces, which range from being the centerpiece
of their environments to more subtle accents of industrial
ORION FREDERICKS approaches sculpture as a form of language.
Manifesting his communication with materials such as metal,
glass, fiber, plastics, recycled materials, paper, pigments,
water, sound, fire and light. With this language, the observer
is provided with new tools of sensory awareness. Orion has
shown throughout the US.
KUKULSKI comes to us by way of the MIT media lab,
where he explored the possiblities of the then 'new' media
of computer graphics An early teacher turned him on to it,
saying "there's this lab, where they take milliion
dollar computers, and they give them to artists." "What
does the medium want to do?" Timothy Kukulski asks.
The most recent answer, shown by the fire clouds is "relax".
These quiet, atmospheric pieces that gently hold the fire,
entrancing, embracing, and seducing the viewer with the
sensuous spirit of etherial combustion--allowing fire to
slow down and show itself as a floating liquid.
Wetzel has been working as an assistant pyrotechnician
in the Bay Area for the past five years. He is currently pursuing
a Bachelor's degree in sculpture and conceptual art at SFSU.
Zach sees fire as a medium and a means of fusing static with
kinetic sculpture. Being of the opinion that art is communication
(among other things), he feels that in order for any work
to communicate effectively it must have a "voice"
and a "message". "I see the use of fire as
a "voice"; a way to call to the audience in exclamation"
Kraken by THERM Burningman 2002
Abandoned by the sea, freed from its timeless imprisonment
to ancient gods, transformed by the hard and fiery desert,
The Thermo Kraken awaits. Standing 23 feet tall it looms
above the flat plane of cracked alkaline. Shorn of ancient
obligations and transformed from fluid to arid life the Kraken
erupts in fiery defiance. Once delicate, now hard. Once sustained
by water: yea, created in water, now sustained by fire: exultant
in fire. The Kraken sings its staccato song in pounding fire
rhythms, spitting hallucinogenic fire across its lonely lifeless
landscape. Once many: now three life sustaining, sun drinking
crystal pods growing from its trilateral trunk cackle in
luminescent multicolored harmony. The Kraken's rhythm builds
and builds, layering its pyrotechnic song higher and higher
'til its screaming heart erupts in a vertical orgasm of flaming
fury, howling its defiance to long-dead gods and exulting
in freedom and transformation.