A video I made this year, The Best Use of an Art Magazine, will be in the Rotterdam VHS Festival in The Netherlands on Dec. 23, 2005. If you happen to be in The Netherlands this holiday season, please stop by. The festival shows short videos from artists around the world and takes place in an artist run space called Het Wilde Weten located in a former convent in the center of Rotterdam. (more…)
Yearly Archives: 2005
On Friday, October 21 the San Francisco Arts Commission holds it’s annual benefit party, Commission ’05. They auction off collected “Box Sets” of work from Bay Area Artists. This year I will have a piece in a box curated by Joseph Del Pesco that includes work from some great local artists. (more…)
An Interview with Libby Black
I’ve published an interview with fellow artist Libby Black on Stay Free! Daily. Libby recreates high end retail products and store environments out of paper. She has made a full size paper Mercedes Benz, a paper Louis Vuitton store, and most recently a paper Kate Spade store at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Bay Area Now 4. The interview includes talk about her work, her strategies as an artist, and her thoughts about audiences.
2 Events in August
One – A [project](http://antiadvertisingagency.com/projects/dierck-dodge/index.html) I have been working on with fellow [Anti-Advertising Agency](http://antiadvertisingagency.com)-ers, [Sara Dierck](http://saradierck.com/) and [Michael Dodge](http://dodgemahal.org/) is finishing up this month. We’ll be installing our custom made sound unit interventions around the Bay Area in the next few weeks. [Samples of the audio](http://antiadvertisingagency.com/projects/dierck-dodge/index.html) we created are available at the AAA site and more will be posted soon.
Two – the [Budget Gallery](http://budgetgallery.org) is having a show called “A Love Supreme” which opens August 20th outside [Hayes Valley Market](http://hayesvalleymarket.com) at 7pm. More info on that at the [Budget Gallery](http://budgetgallery.org) site. I will be including some older work in this show.
August 08, 2005
The Best Use of An Art Magazine
For this piece I was given a vintage art magazine and told to make work from it (like a book, paper sculpture, collage). 8 weeks later, I found I just wasn’t motivated by the magazine. Then I had an idea, and made this video.
Lawrence Livermore Conversion Plans at 21 Grand
Lawrence Livermore Conversion Plans gives gallery visitors a chance to re-envision the purpose of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, a nuclear weapons lab in the Bay Area. (more…)
June 22, 2005
Weapons Lab Conversion Proposal
screenprint on paper
40in x 28in
Lawrence Livermore Conversion Plans gave people a chance to re-envision the purpose of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, a nuclear weapons lab in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Note: I slip up a couple times in this video and say 1.6 million when I mean 1.6 BILLION. The annual budget for the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in 2005 was 1,600,000,000 dollars per year.
I drew maps of the Lab by acquiring aerial photos from California Spatial Information Library. Using the photos, I created a drawing and silkscreens to print a 3 color map of the lab.
The prints were distributed by myself and 21 Grand to the general public, activists from Tri-Valley Cares, artists, attorneys, organizers, authors, and others. Additional prints were set up on tables at the show for visitors to draw their vision of how to use the Lab’s land and budget resources in a post-disarmament future.
Above the proposals was a hand-drawn, 38 foot long time history of nuclear activity spanning from the year 1929 to 2020, the future events charting one possible, utopian path to world nuclear disarmament. You can view a typed version in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2 and photographs below.
The opening was held on the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and the eve of the Seeds of Change Rally and march to the Lab, sponsored by Tri-Valley Cares.
Attendees were invited to draw what they would like to see the facility and 1.6 billion dollars annually used for once the national nuclear weapons stockpile has been disarmed. Their plans were then placed on the wall.
Opening reception was on Friday August 5th 2005, 7pm-10pm. Steve Lambert and Justin Artifice at 21 Grand’s new space, 416 25th St. in Oakland. The show was up from July 22nd 2005 through Sunday August 14th 2005.
Take action to stop the US Department of Energy (DOE) from expanding plutonium activities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- This project was modeled after the Ad Lib poster for the Anti-Advertising Agency
- In 2008 I used a similar strategy with the Department of Fill In The Blank
- See also Lawrence Livermore Conversion Plans at 21 Grand for more info on this project.
Emma Goldman Institute for Anarchist Studies
wood, inkjet print on adhesive vinyl
7 feet high x 10 feet wide
The University of California at Davis is in the midst of major growth and expansion. Throughout the campus there are signs announcing construction of new buildings (see a sample of one of the signs in the images below). An odd thing was that some of the signs announce construction for buildings which funding has changed priorities, or are so early in the planning stages no one knows if or when they will ever be constructed. Essentially, the signs announce construction for building which may never be built.
I created my own sign, which matched the design of the official signs, for a building which had no official plan to be built. The university was open enough to have it officially placed on the campus as a sculpture. It was placed in an open field near a road through campus and was seen by students, faculty, administration, and guests of the campus. It also appeared in many newspapers and websites on the campus and in the city of Davis, including the Davis Enterprise, UCDavis Dateline, the California Aggie, and UCDavis Magazine.
I built a small website for the project: ucdavis.egias.org (no longer online). The site included a brief introduction to the philosophy of anarchism and links to resources on the web.
These drawings are created from photographs of new homes in Central Valley housing developments that were either vacant or under construction.
“The Blob” shows one home creeping over a new fence. “Skeleton” is a drawing of a home still being constructed. “Frankenstein” is a drawing of 5 or more different homes from the development combined into one giant suburban mansion construction project.
These pieces showed in “Sprawl,” a group show at Haley Martin Galleries, in June of 2005.
ink on paper
18 x 24 inches
Sprawl at Haley Martin Gallery
I have work in Sprawl at Haley Martin Gallery. I have included three drawings of suburban homes from the central vallery. It’s a group show curated by artists, Robert Gutierrez, Amanda Hughen, and Jennifer Starkweather with work from folks like Lee Walton (good stuff) Clark Buckner, and others.
The show opens June 9th from 6-8pm.