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Detonography
August 21, 2009 8:31 PM   Subscribe

Detonography is a technique created by Evelyn Rosenberg for making metal sculpture. Detonographs are created by detonating a sheet of plastic explosive over a sandwich of a carved image and a metal plate, forcing the metal plate onto the carved image. [Via]
posted by homunculus (30 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Postmodern art moves from deconstructivism to destructivism.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:37 PM on August 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Evelyn Rosenberg exploded onto the modern art scene when she ..."

okay, okay, stopping now
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:39 PM on August 21, 2009


I truly believe this artist needs to be featured on mythbusters.

Who better is going to see the beauty of an explosion like that?
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:45 PM on August 21, 2009


That's quite a canon of work she has.
posted by longsleeves at 8:47 PM on August 21, 2009


You know that feeling when you have a truly original idea that's completely outside of the field that you work in, so you never try to fulfill it?

Yeah... kind of feeling that right now, though to be fair, what I had imagined was nowhere near as cool as all of this.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:47 PM on August 21, 2009


Wow... I now sort of wish I'd been an artist instead of becoming an academic. Historians and Philosophers very rarely get to blow much up other than people's minds.
posted by strixus at 8:48 PM on August 21, 2009


This will send shock waves throughout the art world.
posted by Cobalt at 8:48 PM on August 21, 2009


This is way cool. Thanks!
posted by Arbac at 8:50 PM on August 21, 2009


She must be fun to stand in lie behind of at the airport: you get to watch the guys running the airsniffing machines mouth "Oh Shit' before the guys with the machine guns whisk her away for her special interview.
posted by geos at 8:53 PM on August 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


and while you are at it, check out the beetle shell ceiling.
posted by geos at 8:56 PM on August 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Being something of a philistine when it comes to art, I didn't think I'd dig on this. But looking at these pieces I've formed a much more favorable opinion. This stuff is the bomb!
posted by majick at 9:02 PM on August 21, 2009


All these puns aside, I was feeling pretty dismissive about this until I actually clicked the link and saw the gorgeous detail this technique results in. Terrific!
posted by Hollow at 9:10 PM on August 21, 2009


Jimmie "JJ" Walker is a big fan.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 9:11 PM on August 21, 2009


fantastic - intriguing technique, intriguing (and beautiful) results.
posted by Auden at 9:20 PM on August 21, 2009


Finally a true InfernoKrush aesthetic! bravo!
posted by Artw at 9:29 PM on August 21, 2009


Yet more proof that there is no problem that cannot be solved by proper application of high explosives.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:14 PM on August 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is more proof that blowing stuff up is cool. The resulting artwork is beautiful, too.
posted by double block and bleed at 10:17 PM on August 21, 2009


Actually, what I want to know is how the heck she got her hands on plastic explosive. These days (post 9/11) plastic explosive is about as easy for a civilian to purchase as an equal quantity of crystal meth.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:18 PM on August 21, 2009


Indeed, I am impressed. I did not at all expect results this astonishing.
posted by effugas at 10:24 PM on August 21, 2009


Chocolate Pickle: "Actually, what I want to know is how the heck she got her hands on plastic explosive. These days (post 9/11) plastic explosive is about as easy for a civilian to purchase as an equal quantity of crystal meth."

From the first link: "Evelyn works with the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), located at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico where, in 1986, with the support and cooperation of the Center, she developed the technique for creating the detonographs."
posted by Kadin2048 at 10:37 PM on August 21, 2009


I saw a video of someone... maybe it was her, actually detonating stuff. She did it out in a sandy area. This was several years ago when I saw the video.
posted by bz at 10:37 PM on August 21, 2009


apparently, this is an application of "explosion welding."
posted by geos at 11:46 PM on August 21, 2009


This is beautiful. Thank you.
posted by honest knave at 12:51 AM on August 22, 2009


"Everybody please be quiet; I'm creating!"

...

*Ka-BLAM!!!!*
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:35 AM on August 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's been a long time since I saw something that beautiful created by something that would at first glance, appear to be quite destructive.
posted by Solomon at 5:52 AM on August 22, 2009


Most people don't know this, but Harrison Ford had tried to sneak her on the set of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If he had gotten away with it, and she rigged everything just right, during the scene with the refrigerator, Mr. Ford would have become a Detonograph of his very own.

He said he wanted to be remembered like this.
posted by adipocere at 6:24 AM on August 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Didn't the Mythbusters already prove this impossible?

/she vanishes in puff of logic
posted by DU at 7:49 AM on August 22, 2009


wow, those are incredibly beautiful and not at all what I was expecting from the description. thanks yet again for another great post, homunculus :)
posted by supermedusa at 11:51 AM on August 22, 2009


Actually, what I want to know is how the heck she got her hands on plastic explosive. These days (post 9/11) plastic explosive is about as easy for a civilian to purchase as an equal quantity of crystal meth.

Er, I don't think Methamphetamine is actually very hard to acquire. It's also legally prescribed for people with ADD.
posted by delmoi at 4:33 PM on August 22, 2009


"...and his team of 30 beetle-gluers."
posted by jessamyn at 9:50 PM on August 22, 2009


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