of this artist's work.
I am currently making sculpture using a plethora of diverse materials scavenged at the San Francisco dump. This process is spontaneous and random causing me to be open to whatever I find or make. As a result I am creating a body of work completely unlike my past work. I am building intricate, futuristic environments that touch upon the downfall of human behavior. Also, as I use ordinary objects to create assemblages, I find myself venting my warped sense of humor. But, not all my new work is composed of symbols and content. In some cases I am creating abstract organic forms that do nothing but smoothly meander.
Over the last ten years I have been making a living designing and building sculptural metal furniture, fixtures, and architectural elements. During this time, I have executed hundreds of private commissions ranging from a small, concrete mosaic table to one hundred linear feet of decorative railing. My design aesthetic is drawn from nature. While working with different mediums, I strive to create a smooth and fluid movement of form. Objects and structures should integrate effectively into the surrounding environment, similar to the way water flows around a rock, precisely reflecting the contours of an obstruction.
I enjoy combining opposite elements and creating a sound symbiotic relationship; bringing together the industrial and rigid with the organic and sinewy or combining the fragile and the durable. My latest body of work is a series of blown glass and metal pods. This work represents a progressive movement of dissimilar materials existing in harmony. Another recent project was a carved wood and metal banister/staircase. Carved wood roots extend from the hardwood floor and meander up the wall where the tips of the tapering wood roots are met by the vine-like descent of the metal handrail, creating a union between mediums that continue a fluid movement. My last project before I started the art residency at the transfer station was a solid rod and copper sheet metal fountain. I used an English wheel and tig welder to create smooth, flowing bowl-like shapes that meander with the direction of the water.
In addition, I co-created and run Melting Point Art and Design Studios. This is the gallery and sculpture garden located in the old industrial Hamm's Brewery Building located in the SOMA district of San Francisco. This large warehouse provides work and exhibit space for dozens of local grass roots artists. Melting Point is open for appointments at any time.
Please view my work at www.tripolidesigns.com
Tyrome Tripolil is the Artist-in-Residence at Recology San Francisco from October 15, 2001 to January 15, 2002. His reception was held on Saturday, January 12, 2002.