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?

Major Update

I carried the same branding for StudioSK since school and with my new business cards in San Francisco it was time to catch up. When I bounced into my own… MY OWN freaking web site I realized I had not looked at it in almost 6 months.

The only updates that  I have been actively posting  have been in twitter. My twitter feed is @scott4design …officially anyway. I have been working on a couple freelance projects and have been on the hunt for whatever things I could do.

I manage several Facebook pages right now and twitter accounts as well. You might have seen gotNurv (logo see your right in the middle column) . Yes, my projects are not all paid but I do a lot of community based stuff too.

I have been working freelance gigs for a while. My projects and art pieces kind of flowed in between them with some of my other interests as well.

Finding a Job

My latest art piece is screaming for attention, but I am preoccupied with having to find some steady work right now. My career in the last couple of years took a back seat while I explored some of my more artistic endeavors. Working freelance allowed for that.

The worst part of the lifestyle I took was that my mom worries about me a lot.

Why put this kind of personal stuff on this blog? As a reminder… as a warning… that the grass is not always greener and sometimes some good advice, that was forgotten, comes back to haunt you. Work hard, keep the nose to the grind stone, and make yourself and your family a good living.

Creatively speaking I think I have thrived and will make more posts here with that work; freelance, art and other things!

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.

Press Release for Final Passage

PRESS RELEASE – Local artist and resident of Southern Nevada for a decade Scott K is in the process of building a major art project called “Final Passage”. It will be a 22 foot tall ethereal metal tree with additional elements that is a statement about individual spiritual rites of passage; it is designed to inspire and unite all forms of spirituality and meditation.

We are in the process of generating funding for the project through grants and angel donations. This is Scott K’s 2nd project of this caliber in the last 2 years.

The art piece will be first unveiled to Las Vegas at the July 1st event called First Friday held monthly in the Las Vegas Arts District near Casino Center Drive and Charleston Avenue in the heart of Las Vegas.

The piece will be unveiled to an international audience at another Nevada based art and performance event called Burning Man that occurs in Northern Nevada once a year around Labor Day weekend 2011.

The piece will be largely funded by art grants but the creator and team of local professionals working on the piece still need to generate funding to meet the overhead on creating such an amazing piece of art work. It is also with determination that the art piece will find a home in Las Vegas or Henderson as a sustained and shimmering monument to peace.

Scott K is a local artist with 2 degrees from The Art Institute of Las Vegas in creative fields and brought his first installation art piece to Burning Man in 2010. The 2010 piece was a static homage to Stanley Kubrick and the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Has attended Burning Man since 2009. His art web site is www.art23design.com.

Ricky Tarkowsy is the owner of Weld Rite Services in Henderson and is the principle welder and metals artist working to make the vision come to life and his business location just off Sunset.

Shane Mathisen is an Equipment Controls Specialist for his own successful small business in Henderson and Las Vegas is our lead on the electronic and other systems working inside the piece. He has also been an attendee to Burning Man since 1996.

Construction will begin April 2011 at WELD RITE SERVICES and is looking for community support. It was inspired by bringing two well known spiritual elements together; the Tree of Life meets the River Styx.

Final Passage update

Updated information posted here on this web site as well as the Indiegogo.Com site where I am perpetuating my attempt at funding.

Tree of Life meet the River StyxThe budget cam to 10K to get this project wrapped up to 100% completion and transported. I am thinking about a trial run at Element -11 which is like a mini Burning Man event out of Salt Lake City. It’s another expense, but it might be a fun preview unless I keep the preview local with First Friday.

Anyway, the updated renderings are linked and shared everywhere including the video on IndieGoGo. Now to work on the other grants and write a press release for Final Passage.

Final Passage update

Looks like I brought on a couple of new partners in the future success of this project and am hoping to find one more very accomplished person on Saturday. These people are craftsman who have solid reputations in their fields and have the foundation to help me make this happen.

It is my hope that following Burning Man 2011 that by working with BRAF (Black Rock Arts Foundation) and Nevada Arts that I can place this in the city where it can continue to live on for public interaction.

Very exciting.

Grant Process

Over the last few weeks a big part of my energy has been working on a Grant or two to make this large project come to life. “Final Passage” is only one of three projects I want moving in the pipeline for 2011.

The fund raising campaign is already underway with my first donation received. I have big dreams about making this happen, but I do not want to wait til the 11th hour for this project.

What does this have to do with web design? Well, nothing. This web site is my portfolio site which includes all the kinds of art and work that I do. I have a lot of skills and experience to bring to the table.

Final Passage is the largest and most beautiful project I have decided to undertake and am really excited about making it happen.

Art Project Update – Build

If it were not the 11th hour, then it would not be a project that is typical for this kind of situation. 6 months of planning, prep and frustration is not enough! ha ha ha…

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

After a lot of ribbing based on my original diagram and my highly limited carpentry skills, the master of wood helped (helped?) build the monolith. Yes people… it is finally constructed. Now it is up to me to finish. Now it is up to me to achieve the finished product. It had to be scaled down due to the size of the materials, of which I am extremely grateful to Damian for donating.

I went to Home Depot again yesterday for supplies and yes, will be heading out again today for more. This is insane… I am insane. I had to leave it in the back of my truck last night and this time, it was not stolen. But this mo-fo is heavier than I expected!