Origin of the Cross-Hatch Sink
How does the work of Jasper Johns inspire the creation of a glass sink?
Simple answer, I like Jasper Johns? cross-hatch paintings. If you want to know more than that, see below.
Savarin Whitney Poster (John's 1977)
Johns was one of my favorite artists growing up. I still don?t know why I, and many others, were so drawn to a painting of something as ubiquitous and plain as an American flag, but the first time I saw this particular painting, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. There were so many marks, textures and snippets of images packed in to simple shapes of color laid out in a design so recognizable that it acted as camouflage for the density it contained.
The cross-hatching motif first appeared in his work as background texture, but in time became the subject itself. After I saw the cross hatch paintings, that pattern moved into my subconscious and has been leaking out ever since. It?s my go-to doodle and most of the time it fills the margins on my notepads.
Cicada (John's 1981)
I suppose the sink is an ode to Johns? cross-hatch paintings, but it really just started off as a doodle, mindlessly arranging some scraps of glass on my workbench. As the inevitable pattern appeared, I couldn?t stop adding pieces to keep it growing. That?s the thing with a cross-hatch doodle, it?s sort of like kudzu. It just keeps expanding. Before long, I exhausted the pile of glass cut-offs and now had to start cutting fresh pieces. I decided to make it a sink so I could impose a stopping point. Once the pattern reached the size of the circular piece used to make the sinks, I could stop (and get back to real work).
What I didn?t realize was this was no longer a doodle. Drawing a cross-hatch is mindless: draw a handful of parallel lines, switch orientation a bit, and then draw another bunch. Doing this in glass required cutting a lot (hundreds) of ¼? wide strips of glass, and then carefully sizing them and placing them. It probably doesn't sound like a lot of work, and it didn?t seem like it would be, but a day and a half later, I was still futzing round moving one section over just a bit, or changing the angle of another group, and then having to adjust everything else I already set down.
And for that reason, this was and is the only cross-hatch Alchemy sink.
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Flag (John's 1995)