June 17, 2014
LA County recently published a list of 50 locally based Civic Artists, of which I am one. The list is featured in the summer issue of Public Art Review magazine. There is a fancy downloadable booklet here.
June 04, 2014
I will be exploring the Great Plains area of eastern Colorado this summer to work with M12 Collective. As a fellow in in the International School of Rural Education program, I will focus on developing the collective’s archive through site research, and creating a site/sound project in Byers and Last Chance, CO.
I plan to spend the month with a cello-my long lost instrument, objects I find and change, to be influenced by the wind, and build an experiential cathedral fort with different spaces for listening and presence. My goal is to record a composition and develop an exhibit with moving image and sound.
M12 Collective: Open Space. Yuma and Washington County Line, Colorado. 2011 – Ongoing
October 20, 2012
May 2012 : I worked with MML on their County-commissioned “Nite Write” events, gathering stories and thoughts from the public towards designing a permanent set of glow-in-the-dark murals at Dockweiller Beach. It was like Fort Hauser gave birth to 3 beach babies. Good times with the Lab!
July 23, 2012
I worked on a float with Milwaukee Public Theatre this summer. The float was constructed over several public workshops at the Grand Ave mall space. Its form was a tall, central Milwaukee-style cardboard house with a fleet circling it of 5 carts piled high with the home-sculptures made in the workshops. We generated a series of phrases about home through a conversation with Olu and the Safe and Sound group, an organization for homeless youth. Their thoughts were photocopied to equal a few hundred, folded like small fortunes, contained inside smaller house pieces, and passed out in poetic gesture to onlookers during the parade to the Summer of Peace.
A journal entry about a man who inadvertently summed up this summer’s themes…”He came back tonight to work on his house, without his brother and 5 nephews this time. He said he wanted to work on his house and ‘stay out of trouble.’ When I talked to him to generate some ideas about home, we agreed: “Home is Something You Work On” and “Home is Heart and Love.” He also said his house looks ‘badass.”