Heading up to Toronto for this great mixed discipline annual gathering of ideas, art and architectural/urban planning. I shipped a new series of wood opticons with color slides to be placed on site.
Some head shots of the optical slide viewers heading to Toronto. Each has a curated color slide relative to the idea and reality of “Territory”, today. The image of the base shows the supports I made for their placement in an exhibition space. Outside, on site, these will just be pushed into the ground.
The wood optical viewers I’ll be sending to Toronto are almost together. Color slides teasing out the idea and reality of “Territory” in our time will be inside them.
I recently built a wood truck deck for camera work and outback porching. Not quite finished…
Completed commission: three book cubbies and a fireplace mantel with supports. Winter ’17-18. (I’m waiting to post an image of the mantel after I mount it. The clients are redoing the wall around their fireplace.)
One darkroom print from a series of Pacific Crest Through Hikers. Summer 2017, continuing. This dude was resting at the Old Highway 40 intersection of the PCT on Donner Summit.
A commissioned fireplace mantel and supports was dropped off to the clients. I’ll mount it after they re-build the wall around their fireplace.
I took the new ed. Base Camp Box out with me to try it out.
Eastern Sierra Nevada.
Lime Base Camp Box, 5 ed.-winter ’17.
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.
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.
Two completed metal stands for mirrors. A Patagonia commission.
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.
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.
A fall Yosemite excursion brought us to an eastern Sierra Nevada cirque lake. I have to process film from Yosemite.
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.
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)
Commissioned Base Camp Box (winter 2017) I believe out in Wyoming, in use by Casey and Sarah.
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).
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.