Studio

April 16, 2014

 

Lotus

April 15, 2014

Lotus is a magazine of architecture in Italian and English.  Their last quarterly looks at common space, and includes examples of art done in public by types like myself.

 

Graffiti Art #20

January 21, 2014

The profile in Graffiti Art Magazine is out now, and it’s sweeeeeet.

Drawings

January 15, 2014

May Gallery has made the drawings from my recent show “Butt Joints” available on their website here.

Framed ballpoint pen on notebook paper, 8″ x 10″ signed on the back in pencil.

Theses are very “fresh”.  I was creating as many as 30 in one sitting, which surprised me since I normally spend days working on one composition. Then a select group became a publication with May Gallery’s Risograph and Constance’s finishing, as a zine, available here, and the 40 best of these originals are displayed at the “Butt Joints” show, and now online.

There is something important in these drawings, for me, in that I let everything go to mush. All my familiar shapes and compositional games are at work, but without the hemmed-in geometries. I’m seeing the mess is slightly more complex and surprising. The same composition done freehand goes different every time I try it, ruined different ways with unconscious unknowns. Using geometry involves more absolutes, and searching for absolute best arrangements which is like finding perfect dead ends.

The paintings for Butt Joints also have something to do with these drawings, of course, but it’s still developing. Something’s opening new and unknown and it’s exciting.

 

Residencia Gorila

January 8, 2014

Residencia Gorila in Tulum, Mexico rules.

I’ll miss everything: super smoothies and sleeping on the beach and the funny dog that came to the dance party.

Many thanks to everyone, especially Poncho!

Butt Joints

December 21, 2013

Solo exhibition at May Gallery and Residency, New Orleans.
Six canvases, one hundred drawings, a publication, and an installation.

Made possible with lots of generous help from numerous people including: Emily, Sam, Monica, Johnny, Mary, Annie, Roel, Joel, Lizz, Bartek, Heather’s son and niece, and most of all Keene.

I’ve been drawing with a ball point pen in my sketchbook lately.  I’ve done hundreds of these.

They have something to do with the current mode of painting.

Notice I’ve dropped most of my geometric forms.  By working through these pen drawings, a world of “squishy” potential has opened up.

“Butt Joints” refers to the carpentry method of joining lumber together, which allowed us to build these giant forms.

A architectural scale model was key.

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Through January 24th.

Southern Review Autumn 2013

December 1, 2013

The Southern Review has published a nice selection of walls in their latest gold-standard literary quarterly.

 

Re+Public Augmented Reality App

November 17, 2013

Re+Public just released their augmented reality app.  It’s free from iTunes and Google Play .

In St Louis I collaborated with Re+Public on a mural and the design of the accompanying digital augmentation.

The app brings up a handful of randomly selected digital forms once the mural is recognized.  Tapping on any of these digital “assets” makes them disappear, and new random forms pop up. This way a user can cycle through the hundreds of random combinations while feeling some control.

Re+Public: Moto Wall Digital Mural from The Heavy Projects on Vimeo.

The thingness of this medium seems to be that users can physically move in relation to the work, finding perspectives and even passing through forms. The app will work with any image of the mural: try triggering my wall and others from this page: http://www.republiclab.com/murals  The reason for having a mural-size image to trigger the app is scale, it then becomes something immersive.

Here’s too many curious video stills, I can’t help it!

This technology is developing quickly, so whatever we’re doing today will look funny soon enough like the internet in the early 90′s looks to us today.  But exploring these new possibilities and being a part of something in its earliest stages is fascinating.

For Re+Public, there’s an interest in setting precedents for free and creative use of the new (augmented) public space, before commercial and legal interests clog the discourse.

Press Release from them here: http://www.republiclab.com/press

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