Fund Raising for Art

Piece on displayFund raising is the next challenge, or better getting the resources and partnerships to see this project off the ground, and make it come to life.

The resources I will need in this order:

  • 4 wooden shipping pallets
  • 3 sheets 1/2″ x 8′ x 4′ particle board
  • flat black vinyl veneer for wood surface
  • screws, wood glue, long bolts
  • 3 dining room table chairs
  • 1 6′ x 3′ dining table
  • 10# clay
  • 10# wood puddy
  • unspeakable amount of 1″ letters
  • 4 plates
  • 3 sets of silverware
  • glasses
  • lamp
  • gold spray paint
  • black spray paint

I will be working from my home and have space in my yard for when it is time to get down and dirty in the hardest part of this: the molding and sculpture of the face of it.

I will need help with this project. I do need a carpenter to help me with the base. The design is below and on the project page.

Issues on the Table

A successful IndieGogo campaign means the art piece made it and looked great on display.

Just Thinking

I posted on LinkedIn that I want some genuine feedback on this portfolio site. I need to get working quite soon and I have been so worried about other web sites for other people that I completely neglected my own.

Three clients kept me busy plus the other projects I have been working on. It was along with all that I also realized I was leaving those projects off my resume and wondering how to include them without there being certain negative assumptions based on the things I did for Burning Man.

Maybe some of those assumptions might be pretty cool, but the issue or concern from some employers might be incorrect. I have brought art to Burning Man for 2 years and it is possible I can do it a third year, too.

Issues On The Table” is a profound piece. I feel like this will be my best yet, but I am eager to get it started. I want to show it here in San Francisco over the summer.

My goal above all things right now is to find a job and dig into it. My passion is creating and making things. The future is unwritten and I am in the present only.

So, have you checked out my profile and please tell me what you think below.

“Issues on the Table”

The latest piece is taking shape and needs it’s final direction. I believe this piece will look good mounted on the wall as well as sitting on a floor.

 

It is life size and the base will have a flat, black veneer while the overall piece will be gold with heavy black shadowing. The sketch above is just a point of view and will stand about 2 feet off the ground from top to bottom.

While the message or the way it is delivered has shifted the basic elements have remained the same. The goal is to keep it clean and not contrived.

Next Art Project

While continuing to find work work I am following up on all my projects with the assumption I will be employed before long. I simply cannot keep this up not working because I have no more resources.

Issues on the Table

Issues on the TableMy next installation piece is a life-size dinner table situation that will tell a story. The table is turned on it’s end and there is a corruption of the whole thing as it progresses from top to bottom. While one end is perfect the other is complete chaos. It is the story of parental verbal abuse toward a child and the scars left behind by it.

My rendering is a little out of date and I have evolved this since it’s original look more than a year ago. It’s time to refine the concept and get this thing built. I put some wish list items on my Facebook for this but have a feeling I could do just as good at some of the local thrift stores.

Originally I was going to have it look like a regular table setting, standing on four legs. The I wanted observers to be able to see the words on it better  and have been toying with ways to make that happen.

  • suspend it sideways in the air with the chairs around it at the base
  • let is stand on one end with chairs around it
  • or shorten it all and make it like just less than 2 feet tall

In the last case observers can see it from high above and possibly still get the message.

I keep changing my mind about the way it is displayed, but as I write this the 3rd method seems most desirable because it could be hung on a wall too. That might be cool!

Anyway, check out the project pages linked on this site and on the Facebook and feel free to help make it happen.

The Tell Tale Resume

I have been working non-stop on various projects. Some make money while others network people and others satisfy some strange intrinsic value. Check out my projects when you can…(suppose we have to talk before you  find out what they are… read on)

So, I have a question… when do you share your projects on your resume or portfolio when they may conflict with some of the people looking at you (or me in this case). I have always been told not to put controversial work on the resume but ‘what is controversial’?

My Projects v. My Resume

Even in San Francisco or even when I was in Las Vegas there are a lot of judgements that get a resume stuck at Human Resources. At least that is the outsider’s perception. There are conservatives everywhere ready to stomp on creativity they do not understand.

My projects are NOT PORNOGRAPHIC or questionable in any way, but in spite of the success I have to leave them off my resume. I run a social networking site that sees hundreds and thousands of eyes monthly! I built it using WordPress as the foundation but it is a huge success.

I can’t tell you here or put it on a resume because there will be recruiters that judge me on it. Frankly, most H.R. people will not read beyond the opening paragraph as they scan portfolios looking only for key words to fill a job order.

My Art v. My Resume

Issues on the TableThe last couple of years I have built some great art work (okay, 2011 was an exception) and I have a great piece this year. This one is called “Issues on the Table” and it is about parental verbal abuse. I will begin building it soon, I just need to start accumulating the elements for it.

Final Passage2011 I did “Final Passage” which was a piece that was designed to combine The Tree of Life and The River Styx. If not familiar with either, please google, but it is about the beginning and the end. The art piece was a failure, but the journey was great because I worked in a studio filled with artists that I was so inspired by: American Steel Studios in Oakland.

2010 I recreated the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey and it was beautiful and ended up called “monotropolis“. It was a completely static piece and though I had doubts about putting it up at one point something amazing happened. I started seeing people act out scene from the 1968 film and people in their 20’s celebrating the visual of it.

After their initial showing both pieces were recycled and it should be said I have a vision to re-imagine “Final Passage” as soon as I can work on it.

Conclusion

What my resume is missing is a focus and a clear direction. I want to work in something creative and inspiring, but find people looking at me… making judgements… and they could not be more wrong. How do I communicate myself honestly and vigorously without misrepresentation? I am me.. I am creative… I have so much to contribute… how do I get you you to see that and trust me?

Post Kickstarter Update

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necklace design for fp project planHey all! I am working on getting some motion on this project, but I have made little progress on the onset. It seems Kickstarter holds on to the money about 14 days after the close of the fund raising effort. I dumped out my checking account to pay for the art space and am waiting for this money to trickle down.

I sent an email to the FLG (Flaming Lotus Girls) a note asking for advice and help on this direction of the project because technically I am still a newb in their world. The burner community has been very generous in the past with what resources they could spare. FLG has some huge projects in their pipeline and I am just hopeful they know someone who might be able to help out some.

The lead welder on this project is a metal artist and is a nice guy. I have had a problem getting commitment from people in the past and I hope this does not became one of those. Can you see me learning to weld from a YouTube Video??? I am not opposed to it!!!!

Resources are an issue and I need to find them and transport them to the shop. Working that out as well. I also wanted to share with you the necklace design I am working on. I will attach an image to this update and let you guys see. I have to get that finished too.

Thanks all.

p.s. – If you were debited your contribution it should be on your statements now. There was 1 or 2 where they were unable to get the donation. I do appreciate all the faith and support both monetarily and through whatever connects us spiritually in this universe.

104% funded: JOY!

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With my most current Kickstarter campaign a success I look forward to working with some cool people on this art project. The money will let us get started but it is up to me or us to see it through without letting barriers get in the way.  My delusion is my strength and my faith in the result is my armor.

I wrote out a projection of what the costs are on the project just as an estimate. There are some costs that can’t figure in so easily, but I think the projection is pretty accurate.

Check it out and stay with us… pictures will continue to be posted!

To see the history of updates on the project use the “Final Passage” category.

A Space to ENVY!

American Steel Studio and FLUX Foundation as neighbors

One of my biggest projects right now is the “Final Passage” art piece of which I have been planning for about six months or more now. There have been a lot of changes along the way, but nothing that took away from the pure core of what it is about. It represents spirituality and change; not evolutionary change but spiritual development or growth.

Religion is not a part of this art work but an abstraction and a by-product, but none of it is directly addressed. Yes, you see Tree. The Tree of Life comes from Kaballah, ancient African religions, and Pagan spiritualism and more. Water is represented while fire is actually present at the end of each branch. The boat is the Ferry Man from the River Styx.

The project page has the mission statement on it while the Facebook is getting frequent updates.

Work Space

Today I secured a work space and I am very excited. It currently houses come of the most prestigious projects connected to Burning Man or did. The Raygun Rocketship currently housed on the  Embarcadero was built there. See some of the images below and their notes:

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American Steel Gallery is a huge warehouse of amazing art that is recognized all over the world and houses some amazing talent. Not that I want to place myself in the company of those people necessarily as an equal, but I feel like being in their presence is an inspiration. When I first came face to face with the Flux crew, Flaming Lotus Girls and others I was so intimidated.

I have seen and live among amazing creative energy. I came to San Francisco hoping to discover new roads to creativity and success and am blessed to be – here.

Media and Me

Ignite Conference 2011

Have to get a video finished for an event tomorrow night to raise awareness of the “Final Passage” project which seems pretty wonky right now, but I am determined to get this done. New challenge include new geography and new support infrastructure.

So, basically most of the stuff in Vegas goes on hold. I am talking tomorrow night at an artist group and need to have this non-existent video ready. So, I will be spending the next 24 hours on After Affects and with my Android Camcorder.

Meanwhile, I found an interesting video that I found very interesting from the Ignite conference that also includes Joseph Pred from Burning Man. I came across it because I follow @josephpred on Twitter. So, I think it is worth a looksie.

Joseph has often posted information I wanted to follow and having checked out this video I enjoyed it a lot. It’s information and just interesting. I looked at it from the social impact on social networking and technology that applies to the world today. Get what you want out of it.

I appreciate the following and will keep things updated.

Leaving Las Vegas

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This week I announced I was moving out of Las Vegas and heading to San Francisco on the hope that I would be opening up to new horizons. Exactly when I will be getting out of LV is a good question right now given all the plates I have spinning in the air.

I am working and doing work for people here and there and am committed to seeing each project through.

My Final Passage art piece is on hold, but WILL BE COMPLETED, yet I am figuring out how things will settle. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the cause so far. I wanted to make this a home-grown project for Vegas and make this a home for it after Burning Man but that does not seem to be the case.

Meanwhile, I am actively looking for work in SFO and had a great interview last week I am hoping to see go somewhere.