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.)
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.