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From Burning Man to Tim the Software Man: A Phoenix Artist Makes His Historical past Channel Debut

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For years, Phoenix-based artist Sean T French has been displaying his futuristic sculptures in native galleries and gatherings like Burning Man.

Now, the remainder of the world will get a peek at his physique of labor, which frequently blends historical past, science, and mythology: He is showing on a brand new TV sequence known as Assembly Required, which premieres February 23 on the Historical past Channel at eight p.m., Phoenix time.

French is certainly one of three makers featured on the primary episode of the present, which is hosted by Tim Allen and Richard Karn, who starred within the ’90s sitcom Residence Enchancment, together with DIY woodworker and YouTube persona April Wilkerson. The community describes it as “a brand new competitors sequence that spotlights the most effective and brightest builders from throughout the nation.”

French says he realized in regards to the present final spring after a casting consultant noticed his Instagram web page and reached out about making use of to take part. He realized he’d been chosen in August, however needed to maintain the information beneath wraps till just some days in the past.

“It appears like all this occurred throughout a time when folks actually couldn’t exit and do something due to the pandemic,” French says. “It’s actually bizarre that I used to be capable of simply work in my studio and the entire world may very well be my viewers.”

The 10-episode sequence exhibits makers of their house workshops, the place they’re tasked with challenges that check a variety of technical expertise and problem-solving skills. For French, that is the three-car storage for his Peoria house, which he is transformed into an artwork studio.

French competes in opposition to Alex Coplo, a self-taught maker specializing in architectural fashions, and Jesse Jennings, whose expertise consists of fabrication and repairs for properties and vehicles. Naturally, they will’t reveal the end result earlier than the episode airs.

Because the lone sculptor on the primary episode, French will draw on his expertise working with aluminum, brass, copper, and metal to create paintings that always references feminine energy and incorporates methods utilized in making medieval physique armor.

His work was a part of the Burning Man Multiverse in 2020, a digital expertise introduced by the Burning Man group that determined to not collect at Black Rock Metropolis in Nevada because of the pandemic.

A wearable sculpture by Sean T French.EXPAND

A wearable sculpture by Sean T French.

Sean T French

Practically 20 years in the past, French’s spouse, Christy Ward French, wore a sculptural piece he calls “monarch wings” to Burning Man, and he’s proven work at quite a few regional Burning Man occasions in Arizona and Texas.

“I’m actually energetic within the burner group, and I’m glad to see interactive artwork being taken extra severely,” he says.

His sculptures have been exhibited in a number of native areas, together with Alwun Home and Walter The place?Home. Most not too long ago, French confirmed greater than a dozen items as a part of the “New Issues” exhibit on the Icehouse.

He says he’ll be watching the primary episode of Meeting Required with just a few mates and neighbors. “I haven’t seen the way it all got here collectively, so in a approach all of it feels prefer it’s occurring proper now.”

Each episode consists of two challenges. First, makers get 90 minutes to create one thing with objects from a curated thriller field. Solely two makers progress to the second problem.

For the second spherical, makers get one other thriller field, and 5 days to fulfill a brand new problem that features an surprising twist. Then they ship their work off to Allen’s studio for the ultimate spherical of judging. “They spent 5 days at my studio in October,” French recollects. “Then I needed to package deal my work up and ship it off.”

The winner of every episode will get $5,000. Win or lose, French says he is glad for the expertise.

“I’m enthusiastic about shining a lightweight on the Arizona arts group, and it’s been an incredible alternative to proceed to bloom and develop.”

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