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Moving West Part Three

Today is Friday, July 22nd, and Amertah and I are well into our cross country journey. Before we headed west, we spent a few days in Kingston NY and a night in Poughkeepsie with our old friends Josh and Elizabeth. They have the awesomely daughter who has become a fully formed human maniac since we last saw them. She looks something like this…

Back in Kingston, we had another great reading by Dirothy Albertini, this time at Green Kill Art Space. This is a really cool new space for any type of project you can conjure in an old butcher shop on Greenkill ave. in Kingston. If you’re in the area, check out this space and meet David, the proprietor. He is looking for good projects and running the space as a truly open use establishment. Basically, if you’ve got a show idea, a play, a book, an installation, the space is there for you to make it real.

We spent the rest of the weekend hanging with my brother, Jonah, and Dorothy. This included an amazing impromptu cookout with more old friends featuring octopus balls.

Finally, we began our westward trip, which has, so far taken us to an amazing little campground on the Ohio river, where coal barges travel back and forth to coal fired power plants… pretty awesome place. That’s West Virginia over there.

Next, we rolled on to St Louis, where we did the tourist thing and visited the arch after staring at the river for a while. The arch is pretty awesome. In particular, the elevator system is amazing. These little pods rotate as you ascend so you stay vertical.

That night, as the storm you can see brewing over the arch rolled in, and the temperature reached around 100 degrees, we treated ourselves to a hotel. A good choice as the storm was pretty intense that night.

The next morning we stopped briefly in Kansas City at this park…

But, as the temperature continued to rise to about the feeling of standing inside of a furnace, our air conditioner decided to stop working, so my brain started melting and we drove on to find an auto parts store. Luckily, I was able to fix the problem in Topeka Kansas and prevent us from having simultaneous breakdowns in the car due to heat and close quarters.

That night we stayed at a fantastic little campground on a reservoir in the middle of Kansas, called Wilson State Park. I think I love Kansas. It’s an amazing landscape.

This was a great stay, although a rough sleep due to the serious heat, but all in all an awesome place.

Then one more day of Kansas… it’s a big state… and on to Colorado…



The next stop is Boulder, where we will spend a few days with Amertah’s Brother Marcus and his girlfriend, Annie. Today, we visit the garden of the gods.


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Moving west part ✌️

Yesterday we stopped in Troy, Ny, at the newly relocated Publication Studio Hudson, where Dorothy Albertini did a short reading from her new book, with illustrations by Dennis Ryan, that I published through my imprint, Publication Studio Downeast Editions. Patrick Kiley, of PS Hudson was kind enough to host us for the reading and we had a great turnout on a nasty humid night in the Hudson Valley. 

Now we are in Kingston, where we will have a second reading on Saturday, the 16 (my birthday) at Green Kill art space, from 3-4. These readings are super fun so come out and see one if you’re around. 

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Moving West

So here we go moving back to San Diego from Maine, a place that we love dearly, to start a new job and life. The first day didn’t go quite as planned. The movers took about twice as long as expected so we left for Massacgusetts around 7 and arrived in the middle of the night. The next day though, we woke up at my aunt Karen and uncle Steve’s in Adams Mass, visited my grandmother, and went to Mass Moca to see the fantastic Alex Da Corte show and the Sol Lewitt wall work. Then on to Amertah’s dad’s in Nyskayuna NY. Next stop, Hudson Valley for a book reading by my sister in law Dorothy, and hangouts with old friends and my brother. 

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I want to fill you all in on a little project that I’ve been working on for some time now as a small side project, but is becoming more of a focus of mine right now and moving forward. In 2012, I became co-director, along with friend and Colleague, Daniel Fuller (now curator at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center), of the Portland Maine branch of Publication Studio. Continue reading

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Back From the Frozen Midwest, Into the Frozen Northeast

my parent's house in Warren Maine, from my recently acquired drone.

my parent’s house in Warren Maine, from my recently acquired drone.

Hello all, and welcome back to SnarkAttack. I haven’t posted much of late because things have been a whirlwind since about midway through my four month stint in Madison Wisconsin as Windgate Artist in Residence in the Furniture Program there. A lot has happened.

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Madison Windgate Fellowship Residency: Week 2

With the first week of settling in and getting situated behind me, I’ve started spending more time in the studio. Classes have started and there are students around working and making things, and this is always a helpful motivator. I’m trying to make sure I don’t jump too quickly into a project, but have started by doing some fun drawings in the studio on this great big drawing board that is mounted to the wall in there. you can see it on the right in this picture…

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Staying Put


For the last week I’ve been installing work for my show Staying Put, at Space Gallery here in Portland Continue reading

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