Devonian Shale: Aquifer I

Approximately 25 ft. (7.6 m) square, altered Devonian shale (probably Canadaway Group, Machias Formation,
Caneadea Shales, western New York State), xerox on paper diagrams for alternate systems, 2000-2001

Left: computer rendering of alternative central cross units.

Center: installation view, group exhibition with initial unfired coating of Caneadea Shale slurry, Fluency, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 2001.

Right: Exhibtion Coating/Firing Process diagram showing typical pipe section through three exhibitions.

Devonian Shale: Aquifer I is a model for a theoretical aquifer system made of processed, extruded and fired shale from the Devonian geologic era deposited in what is now western New York state, coated for each exhibition with unfired local sediment, then fired to cone 08-06 to lithify the coating between each exhibition. This work can be constructed in a variety of configurations representing different flow patterns by using other central cross units that influence the orientation and placement of the appendage structures, see study of cross units above left and wall

drawings in the above center image. Structure as shown was coated with raw Devonian Caneadea shale slip (the same material as the extruded pipe are made of), for the exhibition, Fluency, at Alfred University, 2001. Devonian Shale: Aquifer I and a limited edition of a book describing the project and research, with the same title, by FractalTerror Press, is in the collection of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

Source outcrop of Devonian shale and geologic map

Devonian Shale: Aquifer I descriptive essay