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Multi-Dimensional Constructs by Rob Monroe

Apr 152015

Well, two of the three shows have closed.  Much of my art is back at home, under the sectional.

Things are going slowly for a while as I am now recovering from surgery, not major, but necessary.  But the frames and bases for two more pieces are ready and will be picked up tomorrow so I will have something to do when I get home.  One will be in Golds and Greens, inspired by “Cornering the Gold Market”


Cornering the Gold Market

The other will be an exploration into a number of rectangles coming together to form a triangle.  But I   haven’t decided on the colors yet.  Perhaps purples, oranges and greens.  Secondaries.

In talking to several people at the Old Bakery and Emporium show the subject came up several times of the curves and three dimensional forms that are seen in my work.  The amusing thing is that they are not there.  The creations are made by stringing colored thread from point to point.  They are pulled taught and as we all know from Geometry class, “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”  There are no curves in my art.  As I say, “I create with thread and screws, curves and forms from your eye and mind.”  It is you who create my art.  I just facilitate.

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.

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