Looking west to the Pacific coast mountain range from high in the northern Sierra Nevada, across the Sacramento valley.
A recent project. PCT with four viewers and four words: Polymath, Protean, Sisu, Telos.
Several years ago I had to set aside a project dear to me and my overall practice. The project trailer, Capere, sat covered.
I began taking it apart at the end of last year, knowing how I would approach the re-design and re-build for two years. The timing had to be right with such a large project. I wanted to begin it knowing I could finish it in a proper time frame.
It is now completely dismantled down to the floor. Next month I will begin rebuilding it. The main issue in the initial design was the floor span relative to the metal frame of the trailer. It required many structural issues I no longer need. It was originally conceived having a first life as a live-in trailer. It would then just be used as a mobile project trailer and exhibition space.
The initial use was no longer needed, so all the structural issues could be eliminated.
The key part of the redesign is to simply shrink the foot print to the metal frame dimensions. My studio practice and other experiences have also excitedly led me to fabric as the material for the exterior walls, rather than using metal siding as originally intended, however it will still have the metal roof I envisioned and design touches that make it an intriguing vessel in the landscape. In all, I no longer have to design the structure with weight as a worry which will make a more intuitive design-build process with aesthetics still in mind.
Near the Hoover Wilderness Area…fabulous sub-alpine and high desert wide angle trip.
Casey Clark is taking over, so to speak, the Pottery that has been known as Great Basin Pottery. His mentor, Paul, passed away unexpectedly. Paul and his community built a giant anagama kiln. Paul, with the kiln, was the center of a large pottery community. Casey’s property is next to Paul’s. He is in the process of building out his studio from a pretty decrepit barn while he lives in a prospector’s tent. Here Casey is in the studio Paul used while he is in the process of moving out of his studio in Reno.
J. Mohr catching and releasing browns in the Owens Gorge. Winter ’19. He works on his own fly designs, veering from some conventional wisdom, based on research of fish habits, water flow and other natural variables. Here he used a midge pupa.
Last of the 5th ed. Base Camp Box, charcoal and blue. 2019
Mostly finished mobile Sheep Shearing Stand for Sarah Lillegard, winter 2019. Sarah and the sheep stand on the platform with the shearing motor over head. It can be transported to remote sites that may not offer a place to hang the motor. The height of the motor can be changed by sliding it up and down the vertical spine. The motor is heavy so pins are used (throughout the build as well) to allow for it to be detached with ease. I added a few finishing finer touches after these photos were taken, but this is basically the project in whole.
OG Base Camp Box, Ventana Wilderness base camp- Fall ’18. The heat up above the ocean was surprising this time, flies galore, a strange camp visitor hiking with large loppers, too-violent waves down below and just amazing wilderness that can tire one out. Glorious nonetheless.
Spec drawing for Sarah Lillegard’s Sheep Shearing Stand. This mobile support for her shearing motor will be done in the next few months.
I delivered a new custom Base Camp Box this week. It will be on a sailing boat on the ocean for the next 4 months. The client wanted an empty vessel, and I added some twists: such as an oak top that can be used as a cutting board if desired.
Scouting a location along the PCT to place the optical viewers I showed in Toronto. I have to make stronger vertical elements after this effort to place them and come back to the PCT at another location. Unfortunately I’ve missed the high season for thur-hikers.
A fiber print in fixer, part of my PCT thru-hiker series. This is Bull Frog, who had to get off the Pacific Crest Trail due to an injury. I gave him a ride to the closest town for a bed and shower before he flew back to France.
Back from Toronto and the very well put together, curated, Grow Op 2018. My optical viewers were placed throughout the 3rd and 4th floors of the Gladstone Hotel, an arts and culture leader in the city of Toronto.
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.)