October 12, 2010
I am showing new work this week alongside my friends in the UCLA Design|Media Arts MFA program. Our show, meaningfully titled “I am here now,” covers some of what we’ve been up to over the Summer. I will be showing projects started in a cave in Missouri, printed at Anderson Ranch in Colorado, and finished up in my apartment in Los Angeles. In other words, things that span my Summer.
Pete Hawkes designed the postcard (and poster). I wrote a little script that searched twitter for the phrase “I am here now” and saved the results in a file. For a preview of the show, visit the exhibition website.
The opening reception is Thursday, October 14 from 5—8pm.
July 18, 2010
I just returned from a week at Anderson Ranch, where I took a printmaking workshop with Jennifer Ghormley. The workshop was a lot of fun, and the overall experience of being at the Ranch was a gift. I met many amazing people, and having a great space to work in and try out ideas made it nearly impossible to sleep during the week. Much more will come out of this once I have the time to unpack and build on the experience.
Snapshots are going up in the ranch photo set.
June 23, 2010
Written Images is an excellent project in generative bookmaking initiated by Martin Fuchs. He has an open call-for-entries to collect image-making applications. The site copy explains the project’s ambition:
Written Images; a project in contemporary generative print design and art. Its final products will be a book that presents programmed images by various artists. Each print in process will be calculated individually – which makes every single book unique.
I’m making my submissions using Cinder so I can get more comfortable with c++ and the XCode environment. To make my life easier, I added a WrittenImages project template to the excellent TinderBox tool that comes with Cinder. Get the template by either downloading my version of TinderBox (which contains the template), or checking it out on github. You can also look at an example of code generated by the template.
The template sets up your application to receive command-line arguments and handle batch-rendering of files to the provided paths. To use it, open up TinderBox and create a new project. Your settings should be: Target: Basic App, Template: WrittenImages. I think the code inside is pretty self-explanatory for use. To pass arguments to your application in the command-line (Assuming you named your project Sample, which you probably didn’t), do the following:
$ Sample.app/Contents/MacOS/Sample ./more.png ./like.png ./this.png
The reason for the longish path to your application is that the binary is actually in an application bundle. The Sample.app/ is just a directory, and to pass arguments to the application we need to call the executable part directly.
The written images deadline was just extended to July 15, so you still have a chance to make a submission.
Download TinderBox with the WrittenImages template.
May 10, 2010
While deinstalling Leaving Here, Being There, I had a hammer and access to some of my work. I learned a bit about what a hammer sounds like while sliding along a concrete surface. While learning, I recorded a short improvisation.
Also, a few months ago, Erkki invited some music students over to our studio. Together we performed John White’s Drinking and Hooting Machine. I invite you to listen to a selection from that performance. The piece has a score based on each person’s phone number, but the performance is flexible as it is up to each performer to decide how long each tone will be and how large a drink they will take.
April 30, 2010
Last night, Pete Hawkes and I had the opening reception for our show–Leaving Here, Being There–in the UCLA Broad Art Center. I am happy with how the show turned out, and it was great getting a chance to talk to new and familiar people about the work.
An excellent Art MFA show also opened in the nearby New Wight Gallery.
Documentation of individual projects will go up over the next week, after Pete and I go in with a tripod to take photos of the work. For now, here are a few photos from the opening.