Baltimore artist and machinist Chris Bathgate has created The Slider, machined metal pocket sculptures that function as worry stones used for relaxation and anxiety relief. They are currently not available to purchase, but Chris will be sending out future updates about his pocket sculpture via his mailing list.
As a person who comes at machine work purely from a fine art perspective, I wanted to attempt to bridge the gap a little between the idea of making craft objects such as knives, rings, tops, tactical gear etc, and the idea of making art objects for their own sake.
One of my goals with all of my work is to try and move the needle for a few of the makers and metal crafts people I have come to admire. People who are doing some amazing things with aesthetics in their given vocations, and maybe just raise the idea that there is fine-art in what they are doing with machine tools within their trade, and maybe encourage others to turn their talents to the arts, and to sculpture.
Not because what they are doing is not already amazing, but just because….”art”.
images via Chris Bathgate
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