my friends David Lau and Laura Martin are having a kid soon, and needed to turn their office into a baby room, which has meant moving their sizable book collection into the living / dining room. I designed and built this book case and entertainment center for them out of birch veneer plywood, which is my favorite to work with, despite recent increases in cost. David was thoughtful enough to take photos of the process:
September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
This past Sunday folks from the bike project that I helped organize in Pescadero headed out to a near-by ranch to wrench on some bikes in sore need of some love, right there on site. It was a lovely and educational afternoon, with a ton of volunteer mechanics coming in from as far away as Berkeley. Snacks, dust, and some lively corrido and norteño music performed by a few of the farm workers. Keep in touch with future goings-on of the Pescadero bike project by “liking” PUENTE on Facebook here. Here’s a few pics of the goings on:
Here’s how PUENTE’s Community Outreach Coordinator, and all-around-good-guy, Ben Ranz described the event:
This past Sunday, a group of 12 volunteer bike mechanics descended upon Pescadero and spent a sunny afternoon bringing battered farmworker bicycles back from the dead. An idea originally conceived by Kyle McKinley of the Santa Cruz Bike Church, fellow mechanics Every Day and Lior Shaked made the dream a reality by rounding up a few mechanic friends along with a whole bunch of spare parts and heading out to one of the local farms where bikes are a critical part of work life and personal life. All in all, over 20 bikes were repaired. A few of the farmworkers even showed off their musical skills by entertaining the volunteers with live music and singing while they worked. At the end of the day, there were plenty of smiles to go around!
More pics here.
August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
Lanier Sammons is Participatory Performing Artist-in-Residence at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History this summer. At the suggestion of dear, dear Stacey Garcia, he contacted me and Wes Modes about collaborating on some devices he was imagining to prompt interactions between audience and musicians at the MAH’s “Santa Cruz Music Night” event.
Here are pics of some of the results:
a series of four single beam balance “scales” (designed to look like metronomes) with which viewers could vote for the music to be faster / slower, louder / softer, etc, by placing guitar pics on one side of the scale or the other. Phtoto credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/santacruzmah/sets/72157635156405527/
a copper armature (designed to look like a musical staff) with which viewers could provide instructions for the sort of music they’d like to hear on note cards pinned to the staff. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/santacruzmah/sets/72157635156405527/
July 19, 2013 in projects
In Spring of 2012 I worked with some folks from Puente de la Costa Sur (PUENTE) to start a free bike repair booth at the farmers market in in Pescadero, CA., where there are a lot of folks who are dependent on their bicycles, but no local resources for fixing them.
Slow to start, the booth is a huge hit now, though not without challenges. We’ll be fixing bikes and brainstorming the future of this exciting opportunity at the zero1 garage gallery in downtown san jose during the week of July 22nd-26th. Join us for snacks and discussion on Friday July 26th from 5-9pm.
Many thanks to the organizations that have made, and continue to make this possible:
July 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
A rather silly attempt to “theorize” a rather silly collection of interventionist “street signs” that I made in the fall of 2000. The zine was made around the same time for Chris Connery’s “space” seminar in the UC Santa Cruz world literature dept, a course that has had many after lives.
December 5, 2012 in projects
As part of a three month exhibition titled “Work in Progress,” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH), the building collective has been invited to create an installation that explores spatial stories of santa cruz.
The building collective is interested in exploring and transforming spaces. For Work in Progress, we will transform the space of the museum by filling it with secret histories excavated from everyday spaces throughout Santa Cruz. Every other week, we will invite amature historians, story makers, accidental geographers, and other participants to the museum to drink coffee, eats snacks, and create shared spatial histories by sharing stories in a shared space. These shared histories will become a giant concept map drawn on the walls that will serve as a record of these meetings and explore connections between the social and material practices that continually recreate the spaces we inhabit. Do you know a secret something about Santa Cruz? Share it.PLACES
UC Santa Cruz
Far Westside / Lighthouse Field
San Lorenzo River and its levees
Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte
Beach Flats / Boardwalk
DATES (6 Meetings)
December 14th: Setup
December 21st: Downtown
Jan 11st: Westside
Jan 25: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt
Feb 8: the mighty San Lorenzo River and its levees
Feb 22: Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte
Mar 8: Beach Flats / Boardwalk
fun-a-day is an annual, dispersed event hosted by the artclash collective that ends with exhibitions of everybody / anybody’s fun-a-day results. This year I went for t-shirt-a-day.