photo by lauren vanier
from time to time i get asked whether i have anything for sale. i do. i now have a page called “schwag!” that gives you an idea of what’s available. the site isn’t set up as a business so if you’re interested in something, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. all monies will be used to bring more art to the rez and work with local artists in the painted desert project.
While doing a 2 week residency at Random Parts Gallery in east Oakland this past May I learned of Studio Grand. Studio Grand opened in October 2013. It’s founder, Holly Schneider, artist, musician + dancer, was interested in creating a space for music + art that fostered community. I learned Holly was interested in me doing an installation at her gallery. However, in April 2014 she was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer + died 3 weeks later just before I arrived at Random Parts.
I met Holly’s husband, Jaimie, + gallery manager, Vanessa who were interested still in me doing an installation but of Holly.
Knowing that I’d be installing on a glass window I decided to experiment with creating a giant phototransfer. The process of removing the paper from the gel medium was far more laborious than I realized.
In the end it worked a little differently than I’d imagined. My vision was partially realized by finding a rotating color plate spotlight of the type my family used on our ever so hip aluminum christmas tree each Christmas. This provided a constant color change on Holly’s image.
I hope she digs it.
a big shout out to tom o’day + pete jagoda for arranging the incredible experience of sharing the painted desert project through the visiting artist lecture series and for the gallery show/installations. thanks too to carl richardson for the assistance with the installations! you guys are the best.
parched earth installation in the ceramic kiln area (sculpture yard)
with artist carl richardson (+ brother of reggae musician, walt richardson)!
tom o’day adjusting lights
on april 25, 2010 this is what i wrote on my old blog:
stop motion video of the installation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yypWrtQUQ8
(the significance of this video is that it documents the first time i got a big, multipart piece up solo.)
it won’t be long now…
or will it?
yeah. it was another gorgeous day on the rez. while installing at cow springs, we met a local youth named deshaun. his skateboard broke while he was showing us a trick. we’re going to get him another one but he doesn’t know that yet. thanks for the love deshaun. back at you.
september 6, 2014
i wrote that entry on my old blog back in june 2011 after meeting deshaun. while pasting today he appeared. he didn’t say anything as he approached. he just went straight to his favorite spot at the old trading post. he sat against the chimney atop the building watching the setting sun and listening to his ipod.
after about 15 minutes we chatted a bit. i didn’t recognize him immediately but when asked, he told me he’s deshaun. all i could say was “…man! you’ve grown.” he’s on the football team for the tuba city eagles middle school now and he remembers getting a skateboard from me 3 years ago.
people’s climate march
flagstaff, az (behind tat-foo)
fuck jesse helms. admittedly, the reference to jesse helms may seem obscure. but as a fellow raleighite who knows his history all too well, my sentiment remains unchanged. for you who don’t know, check it: http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/28/opinion/in-the-nation-art-and-indecency.html