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.
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.
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.
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.
Quinzhee built by Jen in the Sierra Nevada this large winter 2017. Of course a sleep over.
“Quagmire” -2016, taken in the Plumas National Forest, is up at the Patagonia in Reno for a time. The frame is my own design.
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.
New edition Base Camp Box (The Scout). As the first it’s a bit of a warm up to better options. I still want to keep these simple (reasonably affordable goes, in part, along with this design mindset). I made this new version with remove-able (and with all future Scouts, moveable within the box) cubbies.
I returned 15 months later to see how my 2015 wood opticons were fairing on the PCT. I didn’t expect to see any one of the five I planted in the ground early in the summer of 2015, but there were still two there. They were placed in the ground several feet from where I had initially installed them. Awesome! This meant individuals had interacted with them with some degree of curiosity and care. The slides were no longer in the viewers however. And one of the slide holders was on the ground…no longer attached to the top of the vertical element. Last month in August while camped down from the trail I came back the next morning after the initial find to see that a PCT backpacker had already interacted with them and placed the slide holder on the ground back up on top of the vertical element. So this interplay happened just overnight from when I first spotted them… which makes me wonder perhaps if one or more of the other wood opticons are elsewhere, placed by a backpacker’s hand with a curious eye.
A client commissioned a Base Camp Box as a gift. I used it as an opportunity to redesign the chuck box as the first of a new edition I’ve had on the back burner. There are a few details I’ll change for the new edition, but the cubbies as removable inserts will remain as well as a few other details. It’s basically the same volume as the 3rd ed. Base Camp Box. I also built a smaller camp box as a marketing object that I will keep for a while and use. It has the yellow panels.
My co-hiker and I met these “Frontier Boys” at the Rainbow Lodge, northern Sierra (for private use now). They served us beer as we walked in on their gathering. A dozen of 80 were there and on their way to north of the Ruby Mountains in northeastern Nevada (high elevation Great Basin mountains) to pack into the high country with horses.
The Temple family commissioned me to design and build 2 wall size shelving units (each in 3 parts for move-ability) and a desk. I used reclaimed lumber except for the actual shelves.
I co-curated (with Megan Kay) an exhibit of Jack Chapman’s (Bay Area) documentary work as well as a celebration of the short film format in Serva Pool project space at Holland Project Gallery. The screening included: A 16mm print of Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses, Valerie Bischoff’s Derby Kings, a short short video from Tucker Rash, raw super 8’s from Dane Haman and a video piece from Audrey Lee Love. July 2016
Kitchen tent in the northern Sierra Nevada. Ranger station restoration, summer 2016. I volunteered with Historicorp to help with the restoration.
Pinon Bottle, a new business in Reno, purchased one of my custom 10ft. long benches (reclaimed redwood and douglas fir). They just opened their doors for business.
I participated in the restoration (as a volunteer) of 3 of 5 buildings that were once a Forest Service ranger guard station. The buildings haven’t been used since the early 1980’s. Historicorp lead the volunteer effort. Folks from as far away as Alberta Canada, Denver and the Los Angeles area came to help. The guard station is in the northern Sierra Nevada.
The guard station buildings were built in the early 20th century. One was a cabin built in the teens. The Forest Service then built the other 4 structures by the 1930’s. There is hope that the Pacific Crest Trail Association will use them as a base camp for PCT hikers. That location is a stop over, food re-stocking and take stock juncture along the PCT. This would provide a legitimate base camp for a location that has historically always been a prime spot for one. The nearby town of Sierra City has provided, informally, this role.