BLOG NO. 18 / Creating "The Dive" / by steve joseph

I am currently creating works for an exhibition here in New York City in September 2015. I am taking a break from production to write about one stained glass piece that will be featured in the show titled "The Dive".

Sketch
During a trip to Mexico in 1992, my friend Daniel Boike held his breath and dove 30 feet (9 meters) underwater to explore coral at the bottom of the ocean.  He didn't come up for a good 3 minutes!  This hidden talent impressed me so much, that 23 years later I sketched my memory of the event (above).

Design
From my pencil sketches, I first drew a more detailed design for the border (above) using InDesign and Photoshop programs. 

Next, I placed images of a half diver in the center of the design for position, then I scouted for a tall, thin model with a swimmer's build. Dustin, who I met at my local gym, fit the bill and agreed to a photo shoot. Using Photoshop I later rotated and silhouetted his figure, changed the pattern of his shorts and added him to the design.

Title: The Dive
Medium: Hand painted and silk-screened (kiln fired) enamels on stained glass, set into a non-rusting stainless steel frame with LED lights
Size: 30 1/4 x 40 1/2 inches (76 x 102 cm)
Date: 2015

Current exhibition at the OUT Hotel  (see article on exhibition here).