Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spring Cleaning

With my art 404 class, we decided to inhabit a public space while presenting an issue of conservation and proper waste management.  On a couple occasions we set out to the desert hills surrounding the Reno area and completely cleaned a designated area of shot gun shells, glass, targets, birdies, bottles, casings, and endless other dumped goods that were taken out to be shot into bits.  We created costumes using all items found from the desert and invaded a public event held in the downtown area.  With a loud response the people were very interested in what we were doing.  With hidden identities, we paraded around, initiated conversation, posed for pictures, danced like worshiping squirrel creatures, and explained why we chose to do this as our final act of art in a public space.  Reno is a city surrounded by desert, mountains, and breathtaking western landscape, and shooting is very common leisurely activity, unfortunately people are not as enthusiastic about cleaning up as they are about blowing things into nothingness.   

Thursday, May 3, 2012

18 indeed in action

18, a music video I have been in the process of making for  the last several months, is finally coming together after my long search for the perfect lead character.  Dalen O'brien, 18 years old, is everything I could have hoped for in terms of look and personality to play the part.  Upward and onward, I'm hoping for the finished polished piece to be finished by the end of the month.  Crossing my fingers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Human, nature

We are Indifferent
We are Lost

We will Love

We are Curious
We are Innocent

Here are a few favorite images from a project titled Human, nature shot last spring.  In my attempt to shoot in a more classic style from my previous works, this project encompassed like characteristics of the human race during the many stages of life while placed in an environment which compliments these characteristics/qualities.    

Hold Still

Here, a self portrait created to interpret Mexican icon and visionary Frida Kahlo.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Freudian bench

In an attempt to communicate with our environment, I created a children's style telephone in conjunction with a young pine tree.  A formed bench out of stumps and logs found nearby were placed to make a more comfortable environment for those sharing.  It was a playful endeavor to brings to surface a very simple yet functional means of finding peace in natural terrain.