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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…

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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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BOOOOOOOKS

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

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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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Just a teaser

Here is one of many sketches (the rest digital) of a large scale public art proposal I just turned in. This is one part of it. A reverse weathervane telling you which direction the wind is moving in.

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Summer fun! come join me

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to do a little self promotion here and try to drum up interest in a class I am teaching at Anderson Ranch this summer. It’s called “Chairish”… get it?!

here is the info. Pass this around to anyone who might be interested. I’d love to get a nice big group for this fun short course. click below…

CHAIRISH

here is the course info…

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Oh, Hello: what just happened?

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Where am I

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Some new news

A chair I recently finished called "Stand Chair"

A chair I recently finished called “Stand Chair”

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shameless promotions

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Just a short post to tell you all to check out this project my friend Jordan Gehman and I have been up to. It’s a lot of fun to collaborate like this from across the country and it’s helping keep the ideas flowing in a kind of dry time.

It’s called Flat Rate Exchange

You will have to go to the site to learn more. read the “about the project” section and then check out what we’ve done so far.

Here is the link, so go and follow our blog and progress… Flat Rate Exchange

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Small Craft (makeshift): some new work and what’s happening

Standing next to things!

Standing next to things!

Well, remember when I posted This? That was clearly a lie. I tried, but I just can’t find the time to update as regularly as I would like. This is of course a catch-22 because the more I have to write about, the less time I have to write about it.

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Projects new and old

Before I begin, I have to show you this:
This is truly a marvelous day. A day in which Portland Maine marches boldly into the future of urban transport.

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New idea

New idea… Starting this week, the first full week of my second year teaching, I will be posting at least once a week again. I tend to have anxiety about posting big important posts and then too much stuff happens for me to report on. From now on, no matter how minuscule, I’m going to try posting to this here blog more often, because I’ve got things happening, I just don’t have time to explain it all.
Here is this to start this new blogular phase.

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I’m a finalist for a big public art project (1 of 7 out 100 proposals) at the new Maine General Hospital, and this is the team of finalists on a site visit to the project which is still under construction. This is what artists look like when they dress up like construction workers.
Anyway, it’s a very cool project and I really hope I get to create this piece for it. Here are a few more images for you.

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Also, this…

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It’s the town I grew up in, Northville NY, from the air.

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I’m talkening!

I will be giving an artist lecture this Thursday, the 1st, at 12:30 in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Come on by.

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years end and start again

Shiny name on things: it

As you can see, i finally received my thesis document, bound and published, since my last posting. Continue reading

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underwater exploration: Maine has an ocean?

Alright, I’ll come right out and ask… Did you know that Barnacles have one of the biggest penises of any animal? no? Well, neither did I, but they do. Relatively speaking of course, the ordinary barnacle that attaches itself to the bottoms of boats, piers, docks, and rocks, has a prehensile penis that is several times its overall length. Why, you ask, do they need such comically oversized penises? well, it’s really quite simple, and this informative blog explains it best…

The penis of the barnacle is considered one of the largest in the entire animal
kingdom, and allows the animal to simply reach over and fertilize its neighbors. To
add to the convenience, all acorn barnacles are hermaphroditic, so each individual
can both conceive and bear young.”

That’s right, not only is their penis to overall body mass grossly out of balance, but it turns out they have lady parts as well, making every barnacle a baby making, and birthing machine.

In case you don’t believe me (and are too lazy to click the aforementioned link), It looks a little something like this… Continue reading

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celebrating protest camping: the new “doing something”

There's a man on the roof

This is the view from the window of my Wednesday and Friday Morning 3d Design class. I have to say, it’s not all that bad. Looking out over the city, and at back cove, I think “this could certainly be worse”. I often look at that rooftop space and think how much I’d like to live in that. Unfortunately it’s abandoned or used for storage. That man is fixing one of its many broken or missing window pains. That would be a great apartment.I love this old architecture. The streets, as you can see are a mess, so I can’t keep up my SoCal rollerblading regiment, but the buildings are just the way I like them. Continue reading

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Enter the Seasons: celebrating the magic of seasonal unpredictability

Before I begin, I want to show you something great. On Friday, I finished a few class periods of critiques with my 3d students of their all-cardboard “Body Extensions” project. There was a lot of great work and I got some good pictures of the students wearing their extensions. Now, I don’t generally want this blog to overlap with my teaching. For the most part, I’d like to draw a line between my classes and this outlet for more miscellaneous observations and discussions. However, here is a video that I can not help but show you, all six or seven of my loyal readership, of a pretty well engineered piece from this critique. enjoy Hannah’s extendable mechanized cardboard arm and hand… Continue reading

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Imagine protesting such and such: a pre-occupation

First of all, I think that maybe I painted to bleak a picture of Portland in yesterday’s post. I just thought I would clarify: I think this a great town. The fact that it is overrun with the noisily insane is by no means a deal-breaker. I live walking distance from my job, which happens to be in a huge old 5 story department store, and i can walk to the ocean in a couple of minutes.

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not too bad really. Just wanted to put that out there. There happen to be an inordinate number of walking dead and shouting maniacs, but you get used to it. Continue reading

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Settling in and other things

Maine mornings on our new street

After a couple of months of decompressing (sort of), and processing, I’m starting to settle in to the magic of life in Maine. It’s an interesting adjustment, but Continue reading

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Ketchup: where was I… where am I?

I know, It’s been awhile. I think, instead of explaining myself (You’ll see in a later post why I’ve been Idle in the bloggy sense) I’ll just pick up where I left off: here is an abridged description of my short but lovely journey across the country.

Note: when I say lovely, I mean everything leading up to and including Madison Wisconsin. Because, lets not lie to ourselves, there is nothing good about the drive from there east. It is at this point that the trip becomes a slog. A thankless march through a 20 hour monotony . A bland blur of IllinoisIndianaOhioPensylvania. It’s not really all that bad.

Anyway, you saw the beginning of our trip, but here is some of what we saw and did between San Diego and the swiftly cooling East Coast.

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So Long San Diego and the Great Trip Eastward

thumbs down for leaving town

A lot has changed since the last time I posted here. Continue reading

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boxing, and blocking

a fresh pile of tiny sawhorses

I want to share a recent interaction that I had with you. As some of you know, I am moving across the country in about a month, and I have been actively looking for people who are throwing away large and medium moving boxes. Continue reading

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