On October 25th the exhibition “Re:New” (Curated by myself and Jeff Hantman) opened at Lost & Foundry Gallery. The show featured works produced by former Artists in Residence at Recology after they had completed their residencies.
I’ve uploaded a slideshow of the event here: Re:New at Lost & Foundry, October 2014
I finally have a few more short screen tests of the tiny animation armatures I’ve been working on. These little guys have been incredibly challenging for a number of reasons, but its worth it to see them come alive on screen. Despite all the hours invested so far, I’ve still only spent a few of them actually behind the camera so there is still much to be learned about the actual art of animation. Up to this point I’ve been focusing on miniaturizing my process and learning how to produce reliable linkages between the parts that will allow for a nice range of motion. Up next is further study of the pacing and strategy required with the camera work to produce smooth, lifelike motion. As you can see in these clips, things are still pretty choppy.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with stop motion animation. I would say it was early exposure to films made this way that helped convince me to pursue a life in the arts. I’ve made a number of half hearted attempts to try the technique myself over the years, but have always met with some level of disappointment or failure. Well, I recently mustered the nerve to give it another go:
In the span of just seven seconds I think I managed to cram about a million rookie mistakes, but its a good start none the less.
Not visible in the clip above is the rigging that had to be made in order to position the character:
This rigging was photoshopped out of each frame after the sequence was filmed. Now that I have a serviceable character, and a way to position and pose it, I have a lot to learn about the actual art of animation as well as pesky details such as narrative, sets, sound etc.
I mentioned before that I have usually met with some kind of misfortune at this stage. This time my camera broke during my first day of shooting! I’m shipping it off for repairs today, and won’t let this setback stop me this time!
Thought I’d share a few images from this years Maker Faire. Word has it there were an estimated 130,000 attendees from over 42 countries and 49 states! I don’t doubt it, the place was packed. Many thanks to everyone who came by and said hi.
Meredith May just wrote a very insightful piece about me in the San Francisco Chronicle. It was an honor to have had an actual journalist come over for an actual interview, with facts! The issue is on the stands today, or you can read the whole thing online here.
I just added a new little piece to my portfolio titled “Hang on, it gets better“:
“The discovery of an image of boys climbing the rope in gym class brought back some early trauma for me. This piece takes a look at the sort of world in which such an activity could be considered relevant in preparation for adult life.”
Equipment case, radio tuning dial cover, doorbell button, magazine clippings, voltage meters, LEDs.
Well, its that time of year again, Maker Faire is this weekend!
I’ll be bringing my large scale piece “Armed and Dangerous” as well as some new miniatures (image above) that I have been working on for a stop motion animation experiment.
You can find us at booth #111 in the South/East corner of Expo Hall at the San Mateo Event Center. Saturday May 17 from 10AM to 8PM, Sunday May 18 from 10AM to 6PM.
Above: Armed and Dangerous at Lost & Foundry’s recent open house.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting artist Al Honig in his San Francisco studio. He’s definitely a sculptor after my own heart, a lifelong hoarder of wonderful things. He is on the verge of some structural changes to his studio, and a shift in his creative process that led him to invite me to help myself to his awesome supply of treasures! It was a huge treat to peruse such a carefully curated trove of found objects. Below is a collection of images from the visit, and the resulting pile of stuff that made it back to my studio. Countless creative possibilities here.
Thanks for your tremendous generosity Al!
Here are a few examples of Al’s work from his website:
US Products 2006
14″ x 8″ x 12″
Yesterday the New York Times ran an article by Trevor Tondro about the fabulous home of Jonathan and Wendy Segal in San Diego. The impeccable taste of its owners was demonstrated by the placement of two of my smaller pieces: “Psychos-O-matic” and “A Head for Numbers” (Works by Dan Jones were also shown but not credited). Its always a joy for me to see where these pieces wind up, especially when its in homes as lovely as this.
Our technological age brings us closer to people we don’t actually know. Many of whom, we’d rather not. This fellow uses his limited processing power to fill the internet with thoughtless commentary. You’re welcome.
15″ x 15″ x 8″
Typewriter, stenotype machine, calculator, film camera, coffee pot handle, binoculars, relay, wall paper, book binding paper, light bulbs, LEDs
I’m pleased to announce that my studio collective Lost & Foundry will be having another open house and exhibit!
Join us at the event on Saturday, March 15 from 4-8 PM at 305 Center Street, Oakland, CA.
We are literally bursting at the seams with talented people these days. Join us to view the work and studios of:
If you can’t find anything here that interests you, you should probably see a doctor.
You can see photos from our last event in February 2013 here.