Scott Fife, whose work is featured in our Summer 2009 issue, is a Seattle-based
artist who sculpts astonishingly life-like portraits of famous figures out of
archival cardboard, glue, and screws. This one-minute time-lapse video, The
Making of Lionel Hampton, was created by photographer Mark Davison to document
Fife’s process from start to finish. Lionel Hampton is Fife’s
tribute to the legendary African-American jazz percussionist, bandleader, and
pioneer in the racial integration of jazz. It is one of several pieces in a series
of iconic musicians Fife began in 2004 that includes Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash,
Bob Dylan, and Kurt Cobain.
Lionel Hampton, 2004; archival cardboard, screws, glue; 19" x
17" x 12". Courtesy of Platform Gallery, Seattle, Washington; www.platformgallery.com.
Mark Davison, The Making of Lionel Hampton, 2004; time-lapse video,
1 minute. Courtesy of Platform Gallery, Seattle, Washington.