A sample of works completed over the summer of 2012
Red Crabs of Christmas Island Mosaic Table.
Railroad tie bench... An exercise in Japanese joinery.
Worked on this with a friend in Christmas Island, it now adorns the front entryway of the house.
Medieval Mystic Landscape. An exercise in altered isometric perspectives. Watercolor.
A sample of works completed in the fall of 2012
Magnet Maze (work-in-progress). Player controls a magnetic ball bearing using a
magnetic wand, and navigates through the obstacles in the maze. Installed for open studios 2012.
Divided Nation. Submitted to emergentartspace.org for the Crossing Borders exhibit. Received and honorable mention. Depicts the divided state of the Cyprus. Red earth on masonite board.
Photos from the Museum of Art and History Third Fridays Event in Santa Cruz, Winter 2103
Top, Divided Nation. Middle, Fuller Felt Puzzle in action. Bottom, Exhibit Space.
I continue to work on imagery for the Collective Water Collective website, and am now adding layers of color to the drawing and have started compiling GIS data to create the four maps that will center the image. While the maps in this drawing will be purely visual, I am also in the process of creating a larger map of the San Lorenzo River watershed that will reveal information about our water supply and use, as well as highlighting alternatives to desalination. Some examples of these alternatives will be made clear by showing where conjunctive water sharing could occur, where natural sources of groundwater recharge could be assisted, and where potential locations for surface water storage and sequestration could be constructed. In addition, this map will also be used in conjunction with a planned physical tour of the levee in downtown Santa Cruz, and will be a location where people can upload videos and stories of their connection to the river. Working with other CWC researchers, I have also begun the process of sketching and planning the construction of a fountain.
Content for Collective Water Collective Website
Content for Collective Water Collective Website Cont.
I am drawing a series of images that will form the content of the Collective Water Collective (CWC) website that Danielle Williamson (my collaborator) and I share responsibility of. The image to the left will become the main page that is loaded when visitors reach the CWC website and from this image visitors will be able to navigate to other pages on the site. The general idea behind the image is to represent the city itself in the form of a map, which will be displayed in the four circles in the center (displaying the North, South, East and West sides of the city). Images surrounding the Santa Cruz map will hint at the hydrologic water cycle and display images of ocean, land, sky, and sun, key components in the movement of H2O. I will create roll over effects for each section that allude to how desalination and poor environmental decision making is essentially making the hydrologic cycle move in reverse and will have numerous consequences for the community.
In addition, the first meeting of the Collective Water Collective was held and six undergraduate researchers will be assisting Danielle and I this quarter. We assigned tasks to each student and in the week ahead we will be checking in with them individually and encourage them in the initial stages of research, sketching, and prototyping for the projects we will be working on throughout the quarter. More information about the progress of the collective will be coming soon.
Collective Water Collective for the Public
This week I began experimenting with techniques in green graffiti. The image to the left is a blend of moss, buttermilk, and water, and was applied to a concrete surface by hand using a laser cut template to guide the form. I would like to experiment applying this moss mixture to various surfaces and lighting conditions to see where the vegetation is likely to thrive. After some experimentation, I will apply the green graffiti to various surfaces downtown and around campus to raise awareness for the CWC and our mission. This may be combined with sidewalk chalk and other ‘non-permanent / non-destructive’ graffiti bombings much like in Helen and Newton Harrison’s Sacramento Meditations work. I have also been working with a CWC undergraduate researcher in designing a logo for the organization. The logo will use imagery that speaks of strength rising from the waters, and this image will feature prominently in future graffiti work. I have also started putting together a Google Earth virtual tour of the San Lorenzo River watershed, and have integrated key elements of the freshwater supply system into the tour. This tour will be used in a video documentary for the site and will be useful for illustration in future interviews.
Water Conservation Fountain
This weekend I made a trip to Urban Ore in Berkeley CA, and picked up a carload of materials to construct a fountain. I’ve arranged the materials in the photos above to get some sense for what will be used in construction - not how the final form will take shape. To provide some idea for the future of this project, the blue 55-gallon barrel will be used to store rainwater that will be siphoned from a roof in the arts division. Some piping and a large colander will be used to funnel this water into the barrel. From there, two pumps will operate to move the water - one will provide a base level flow to pump water from a storage area back into the barrel, and will be powered by a solar cell. Another pump will be powered by human energy from passers by, and will likely take the form of a see saw or hand pump. Water will flow from the barrel and will be allowed to trickle over the Spanish tile and into and out of the various terracotta pots. Small hardy plants will be grown in surrounding pots and cinderblocks, and the idea is to provide water to these plants from the fountain itself and from a series of water misters. The work intends to make a statement about how water conservation can be used for irrigation, and bring life to some of the neglected courtyards in and around the arts division campus at UCSC.
The Rising Bay of California
This past week I received news that Helen and Newton Harrison, my advisers here at USCS, have been given the green light for a proposal on a long-term collaboration between the Expolratorium in San Francisco and the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UCSC (the research group run by the Harrison’s). As part of this proposal, I will be generating a series of maps and images to depict how rising sea levels will affect people and places in the San Francisco Bay and the Inland Delta. Generating these images has involved a significant amount of research and data digging. Once complete, the images will help start a discussion about how we will adapt to rising waters and more intense storm surge events. One of the big questions is: how can we learn from, assist, and possibly benefit from this new set of circumstances? The Harrison’s are proposing that we will need to assist in a shift from the intense irrigated farming that currently takes place in the Inland Delta, to a form of aquaculture that is better suited to the area's future state.
This weekend I made a field trip up Highway 9 to Ben Lomond, CA and brought five undergraduate researchers and a fellow DANMite along for the trip. We arrived at a beautiful 20-acre property where the owner graciously let us thin out his bamboo grove and take home a few bundles. After a few hours work, we left the premises with close to 50 stalks and will use these in construction of the frame for a water fountain. Once back at the studio, we began choosing the widest and most ridged stalks from the pile and lashed them together with hemp twine to form a structure roughly eight feet tall and twelve feet wide. Going forward this week, we will be adding terraced lattice work within the structure to hold the terracotta tiles and other elements that will allow for the buildup and movement of water within the fountain. We also began construction on a human powered pumping component that will be connected to a 55-gallon rain barrel and will allow visitors to the fountain to augment water flow.
This past weekend I attended a conference that explores perspectives on socially engaged art practice. Hundreds of artists, lecturers, and students attended, and participants were encouraged to engage in discussion about complex social, environmental, and political issues, and how art making and social practice can address these themes. The conference was highlighted by handful of inspiring keynote speakers: Claire Doherty, Tom Finkelpearl, and Michael Rakowitz; each speaking about their art practice or curatorial work in relation to specific communities and issues. Many themes highlighted the conference including: the validity of social practice based arts research and practice, how privilege and the acknowledgment of ego must be understood in an arts practice, the means for creating and disseminating a ‘charismatic message’, and how artists can navigate the financial reality of the art world while building and sustaining a social practice. Aside from the usual conference fair of making a handful of new friends and feeling more engaged in the community one operates in, the conference opened up my eyes to both how hyper aware and self critical artists engaged in social practice can be, as well as how dynamic the act of making art in social practice must be in order to operate in this realm. I’ll continue this discussion and provide more updates in the near future.
Divided Nation to Appear at SOMArts in San Francisco
Divided Nation is an evolving work that has seen many iterations, and I have invested a considerable amount of time on this over the past few weeks in preparation for a gallery show at SOMArts in San Francisco (June 8th to the 20th). The show is entitled ‘Crossing Borders’, and is exhibition of international student artwork, curated by the Emergent Art Space. The international call for art included this question: what are our boundaries and what lies beyond them? – Investigating the geographical, political, social, and metaphorical constraints that divide us; to explore our understanding of the “other,” whether unknown of misconstrued; and to build bridges of communication across cultural differences.
The image above is a work in progress of the sculpture in the studio. The final iteration will be mounted and hung from a frame, and include living moss.
Materials: Wood, Terracotta, Sand, Moss
The island of Cyprus is divided by a 112-mile UN administered buffer zone, colloquially known as the Green Line, which forms the de facto boundary between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus in the south. While a line has been drawn in the sand, the territorial limit of an island, where land meets the sea, is a borderline that is undeniably fixed. This borderline defines a common geography - an ecological milieu that by nature is apolitical. Despite sectarian conflicts, the people of this island share a common home.
Together, they are Cypriots.
A sketch of the UCSC Arts Division.
I'm a huge fan of strategy board games, so I created a resource placement game about LADWP and the California water wars of the 1920s.
The garden is located atop a beautiful ridge on the UCSC campus and has sweeping views of Monterey Bay. The garden is composed of leftover materials from my sculpture projects and is planted with native plants and medicinal herbs. The garden is intended to serve as native plant teaching tool for both visitors and the creators, and is a wonderful place to relax on campus.
I was gifted this beautiful and gigantic map of the world. I used this to trace a line along the 250 foot contour, signifying what would happen if all of the earth's land ice melts. This was done as an ode to the work of Helen and Newton Harrison.
I have been doing field work at the Sagehen Creek Experimental Forest outside of Truckee, CA. The research group is looking for plants that will migrate with a warming climate, and the map to the left shows the 5 site locations where we have been working.
Digital Arts and New Media Thesis show came and went. Looking forward to graduation!
Here is a map I helped create with writer and UCSC PhD candidate Kristin Miller. It was published in the University of California Journal Boom, and depicts Google Bus routes in the Bay area. An interactive map will be coming soon.
Working with Seth Temple Andrews- wheatpasting temporary public art in Santa Cruz
Work in progress map of California for UCSC professor Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle's upcoming summer and fall Ecosexual Road Trip. I've also been building and maintaining the website for the tour, which you can check out here. Installing public art in downtown Santa Cruz with Seth Andrews.
Peeling back the surface to explore the uncharted realms in mapping...
Logo test for WGSC... still a work in progress...