Thread Upon Threads

Multi-Dimensional Constructs by Rob Monroe

Mar 072015

Come and see

Well, The reception is over and I received many lovely comments.  There is even some possibility of some commission work.  Always a joy.

But the show is on till April 1st and the Emporium is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Send me notes and tell me what you like.


Mar 012015

It is hard to convey what it is I do in my work, particularly because it is so difficult to show the three dimensionality in a photo.  Somehow, a photo of a statue seems more easily seen as a three dimensional structure.  So I thought I would give a more step by step portrayal of my latest work, “Cornering the Gold Market”.

Obviously the beginnings come from the design which seems very simple at first look.  It is a square with thirty seven equally spaced points on each side.  The number was chosen so there was room for the heads of the screws, and so that the total number of screws of any two sides would be seventy three, a prime number.

Then that pattern is placed upon a half inch thick piece of Plexiglas and you spend several hours drilling the one hundred and forty four holes for the screws.  After taping the back of the Plexiglas to protected it and hold in the screws, you then begin threading each corner.


First Corner


Second Corner


Third Corner


Forth Corner First Layer Done

Well, that is one layer, winding a thread around each of seventy three screws in a particular pattern once for each corner.  One layer.


Another 4 corners – Layer Two


Layer Three and Four


And More and More


And More And More And More And More And More


Adjusting the Threads

Then add a few more layers, Make sure all the wraps around all the screws for each layer are on pretty much the same thread of the screw,

Tie off, secure, and cut all 47 threads, pull of the blue tape and turn it over.

                                                                                                                 Cornering the Gold Market






And just in case you think this is an easy process. This is the remains of all the times I finished a corner, tied it off, cut it, and then found a mistake.  That does not count the twenty to twenty-five times I found a mistake and had to wind all the thread back onto the spool and start over.





From design to completion, this took me well over a month, including some of the most frustrating days of my adult years. But it is a work of which I am most proud.

Feb 202015
Old Bakery and Emporium

Old Bakery and Emporium

As March will be such an exciting month, I wanted to pass on some information here.  There will be a big show at the Old Bakery and Emporium through the month.  I will have over 20 pieces on display.  The reception is Friday, March 6th, 5-7PM.

But that is not all.  I also have two pieces at the Riverbend Church and two more have been accepted at the Round Rock Arts IMAGINE Show with a reception on Saturday, February 28th, 7-9:30.

I am proud to say that “Level 13” received an Honorary Mention (ahem, with an accompanying $75, Thank you) at the Round Rock Arts IMAGINE Show last night.  I also finished my most demanding work, “Cornering the Market”

So North, Central and  South Austin, my art is on display.  All this through South by Southwest.  It is an exciting time in Austin.  Come and visit.


The Third Dimensional Issue

The Third Dimensional Issue

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