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Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  January 11, 2018
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I took the new ed. Base Camp Box out with me, try it out.

Eastern Sierra Nevada.

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  December 29, 2017
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Lime Base Camp Box, 5 ed.-winter ’17.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  December 21, 2017
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Jovi and Misty claimed two of the five 5th ed. Base Camp Boxes. These are Bankson Lake blue. I made a bright yellow green paint for the next one I am putting together which I will use for marketing. All the panels and bones are made for the series.

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 30, 2017
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Preliminary sketch for a new Base Camp Box, edition of 4- winter 2017-18. Two are claimed by Jovi and Misty. The Camp Box design has moved to a place where I will make cubbies (with open backs) as components that slide into the main form rather than use shelving supports for horizontal pieces of ply. This more modular design adds a little weight to the box, but will also increase the vertical strength. I’m going to play with using corner wedges as fastening points for the cubby walls as well as connecting points for whatever the user desires: a tight line to hold back items inside the cubbies, etc. I’ll probably also paint these slightly different colors.

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 28, 2017
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Two completed metal stands for mirrors. A Patagonia commission.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 28, 2017
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I’m working on a new optical viewer series, for color slides. The viewer-slide holders are longer,  more elegant and the vertical support is much more svelte. Each viewer head will rest on a small horizontal wood piece attached to the stand that ultimately is meant to be planted in the ground (another Pacific Crest Trail destination). I’m exhibiting 6 of this series in Toronto. These will be supported by svelte legs-as-tripods.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 9, 2017
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One of three commissions in motion: Metal mirror stands for Patagonia. Cut, weld, grind. Two heavy mirrors were brought in from the Portland store, but there isn’t any wall space left in the brick industrial space in Reno. Metal stands on casters.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 2, 2017
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A fall Yosemite excursion brought us to an eastern Sierra Nevada cirque lake. I have to process film from Yosemite.

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  September 26, 2017
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I don’t regularly profile my student’s projects here, but I’m beginning to shift what I do on Instagram to this online presence. My 3-D art class is in progress. This is an object from John. The objective or parameters to work within were to use fabric to create an object that holds volume and has mass (or suggests it). I also included an image of Sherri’s larger object in progress.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  August 14, 2017
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New curatorial project: Tent of Curiosities. Plumas Sierra County Fair 2017. I inserted contemporary art into the fair-carnival context. Eight art objects from eight artists inside small plywood boxes that had to be opened. An optical viewer I built for the Tent of Curiosities was placed outside as bait to draw people towards the tent. This project also served as a warm up towards using the tent in other contexts for other objects and work, specifically near the Pacific Crest Trail as an extension of my work in that Sierra Nevada context.

(see my New Genres page)

 

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  June 8, 2017
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Commissioned Base Camp Box (winter 2017) I believe out in Wyoming, in use by Casey and Sarah.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  May 1, 2017
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I had two great darkroom photography groups this semester (2 out of 3). As I fear the demise of this darkroom I’ve been teaching in for 7 years, I celebrate what kind of educational, emotional and artistic work space it has been. Seen is a preliminary 8×10 print from Nathan. He then moved on to print a 16×20 image of the same negative seen in the developer tray. I gave these two groups of beginning photo students the name Darkroom Dames, one dude included. A darkroom is a communal work space that cooperates with also being a very private place to pause, think, evaluate. It’s this dynamic interchange that in part makes it allow for plumbing deeper photographic understandings in a shorter time frame than a digital studio  (set up like digital typing labs in almost all higher education fine arts departments… which doesn’t help the cause).

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  April 19, 2017
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I’m finishing up a new limited edition optical viewer (4th in a series since 2015)  intended for site placement on/off trail in the northern Sierra Nevada. The objects will be even more svelt than the prior edition I placed near the Pacific Crest Trail. I will likely find a snow trail due to the tremendous snow pack from this wild winter.

 

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  April 11, 2017
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As part of my series of photographs I’m working on that document work spaces, I recently stopped by a former industrial shop space that sits next to the transcontinental rail. Three artists are moving into this space. It’s now being retrofitted to accommodate three distinct spaces with a shared use space in the mix. A painter, new genres artist and ceramicist are moving in. This shop space is part of a string of older industrial shop spaces that have been mined by artisans, tradesmen and other artists. It’s a self- grown (urban organic growth rather than a bureaucratically fabricated possibility) economic and creative corridor.

 

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  February 15, 2017
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This large Camp Kitchen, for Casey Clark, is just about done. It’s beefier than the editions I’ve made in small batches. I wanted it to hold up to being stood on, sat on, etc.. I sacrificed a lighter weight unit for this kind of interior structure however. It will be heavy when full of gear and provisions. I also made custom cubbies for all of Casey’s camp kitchen gear. This is a one of a kind. The 4th edition Base Camp Box I’ll produce in a small batch came out of my studio just a few months ago in fall 2016.

Winter 2017

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  February 14, 2017
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Guiding with the Gateway guide group at the summit. Clair Tappan Lodge was  basecamp. A group of youth from tribes north of San Francisco got to experience the high alpine environment at the summit, buried in snow.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  January 17, 2017
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Quinzhee built by Jen in the Sierra Nevada this large winter 2017. Of course a sleep over.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 28, 2016
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“Quagmire” -2016, taken in the Plumas National Forest, is up at the Patagonia in Reno for a time. The frame is my own design.

56″x 36″

quagmire_exhibit

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 14, 2016
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I took some of my photography students to visit Cuddleworks, an urban studio collective in a still active industrial district of Reno. Casey Clark and Sarah Lillegard were present to talk about their work and the space.

Posted by: J. Damron    Tags:      Posted date:  November 9, 2016
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5 days in the high elevation Nevada Great Basin, Nov. 2016: Arc Dome Wilderness to the Ruby Mountains.