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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reverse Graffiti

Seen on Pinterest How-to blogging website  (http://trendland.net/new-trend-the-eco-graffiti/)  I want to borrow this woman's idea to use  natural materials as a means of presenting text.  I want "tag" trees that people have carved initials and other things into.  It is interesting to see the marked dates that people have scribed into trees of all types, but particularly the aspen groves in the area where Basque sheepherders made their trails in the early 1900's.  I want to beautify the scars left on the timeless tree bodies.

 I found this other really great site that advocates environmentally conscious art, activities, fashion, inventions, contests and much more.  Much of the art pieces that are shown are very related to a lot of the art we talk about in my 404 class.  Is fabulous. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Flyer art

I saw this one outside the Raleys Supermarket off California, very timely.  Its a wonderful thing to have your eyes opened by creative classes.

As assignment in my Art in public Places class, we were assigned to use words as a means to reach an audience in a simple way.  We were asked to post our words somewhere in the community, I chose to post them in the art building stairwells.  More on the way.

Mixed media

Still from video "18" a music video currently taking form.

first random act of ''art''

  A tribute to lack of snow in the Tahoe area.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Snow Melting Project idea

This idea was inspired by a link a friend of mine shared with me on Facebook a few weeks ago.  My idea is to create a stencil and place it in front of a light source to then have heat from a power source melt a shape around the stencil in the snow, similar to how the light is acting in the images below if you follow the link.
Still trouble shooting ideas.
Any thoughts?


Monday, February 6, 2012

Chamberland Brainchild Project

In hopeful brainstorm to create a project in the Reno/Sparks community, I hope to use these chambers of mysterious substance as a canvas for a digital media collaboration.  Still troubleshooting how something like this could potentially take form.  Any words of advice or ideas greatly appreciated.