Before Daedalus made the wings of wax and feathers that enabled him and his son to escape from the prison tower on Crete, he must have brainstormed other ways of making a flying contraption for a human. Who knows maybe one of those ideas looked like Construction 33.
I don't know what category this piece would fall under. Is it sculpture? Is it toy? Is it concept model? I suppose it is all three of those things.
Construction 33 is the first of what I call my Construction Doodles. A Construction Doodle is a small, improvisational sculpture made from about a dozen or so individual basswood pieces and some twine. I think because of their size and simplicity, the Construction Doodles look like abstract toys.
The idea for Construction Doodles came from having a lot of short, left over basswood that could not be used for larger sculptures. You can say that seeing all these mounds of usable material gave me an art erection. So instead of throwing them away, I decided to use them to make small, simple "things". (To an artist, making stuff is like making love. That is why artists make great lovers. (There is something very sensuous about wood and about the process of carving or shaving wood. Whenever I decide to shape a basswood sheet by shaving it, I have to be vigilant. It is such a sensuous experience that I could do it until there is nothing left but shavings.))
Actually, leftovers play an important part in the whole of the Construction Series. I made my first Construction sculptures from the basswood sticks that I had left over from my architectural studios. I had so much material that was whispering to me at night that I started making stuff with it during my off days.
When I was making these sculptures, I did not think that the first artworks that I would sell would be some of these. (Construction 33 is available on www.SaatchiArt.com/Konokopia.) And I did not think that I would gain my "identity" as an artist from creating three-dimensional and not two-dimensional art.