Greetings! If you are Philadelphia this weekend (or, ya know, in the region) I suggest you come check out the Megapolis Audio Festival, part of Fringe Fest. This “delightfully weird” festival features audio walks, installations, workshops, and performances.
I am collaborating with Toby Kaufmann-Buhler on an audio walk titled “Stalking Wild Sounds.” It’s a nod to Euell Gibbons, who was an advocate for wild food foraging and wrote his famous book Stalking the Wild Asparagus in the 1960s near Philadelphia.
Our piece imagines a future where nature has reclaimed the built environment and foraging for food reigns. Participants will use a provided audio player and field guide on a self-guided 30 minute walk. The walk will start at Philadelphia Community Access Media (Philly CAM), go through the formal landscaping of Washington Square Park, and return to Philly CAM. Taking the form of a real-time science fiction, with the sounds of “alien” flora and fauna, the audience will find themselves moving through the city accompanied by the sound work that maps onto their surroundings.
Our event is free and open to the public, during select times, September 16th and 17th. Check out the Megapolis schedule for more info.
If you missed my exhibition at Roy G Biv Gallery in November, you can check out a review here.
If you have an interest in patterns and textile design, check out this book by Kristi O’Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer: The Pattern Base. It was published last year and I was priveleged enough to be included.
Finally, this Saturday March 12th from 7-10pm is the opening for How Do We Get Home, an exhibit of work at Wild Goose Creative curated by the Illume Collective. I’ve been assisting Tim Lai and Eliza Ho on a speculative live-work space architectural model.
The sun is trying to kill us!
But not always.
A seal picnic with the sun on our backs.
Oh, it was a trick. The sun IS trying to kill us!
The sun will find you.
Don’t be fooled!
Our latest earcatcher video made us think about the earcatcher philosophy. Midwesterners are always worried about how the rest of the country views us. We tell them, “Look at all the cool shit happening here!” Yes indeed there is a plethora of great underground projects going on. But we also think that a lack of identity is freeing. Time to revisit my Nowhere Manifesto which ties into what we do. It’s also a friendly nod to other artists who live in off-the-radar cities. You can download poster sizes here.
Making art is a comment on time and place, even if it is an unconscious one.
We (Humans of Earth) are shaped by our environments and experiences.
Then what about the artist who lives in the bland pancake of the American Midwest?
Columbus is a city known to be a cross section of the United States if it is known at all.
Every type of person is represented here.
Test Market USA.
We are a marketer’s wet dream.
We live together in relative harmony.
We have no body of water and the tallest point in the county is a landfill.
Not even a lake on which to be a mistake.
Endless flatness in four directions,
all corn and soybeans.
We cancel each other out!
When you mix all the colors of paint together you get mud.
We are in touch with the void.
Shitty is pretty.
Lint & dust in the corners of a sprawling campus dump hole:
more interesting than the top of the empire state building.
What we do here will never be co-opted by the mainstream art world.
The lack of pressure to succeed is freeing.
An incubator for weirdness.
Embrace the nowhere-ness!
dedicated to d.a. levy (RIP)
Greetings my three readers! Here are some shows to check out in Columbus Ohio.The MFA Thesis show at Columbus College of Art & Design’s Canzani Gallery is open until April 30th. The gallery hours are pretty extensive. My piece The Way Out: Deprivation Tanks is among the works. The piece caused my assistants and me to experience a lot of physical and mental pain so that means it’s good.I also have a photo in En Massse, or sameness at Skylab Gallery. It is still open for a little while but you might want to email them first to double check.
Finally, our collaborative project earcatcher has a video in the Wexner Center for the Arts Ohio Shorts program, screening April 26th at 7pm.
I made a collage flipbook. It’s part of a travelling exhibit: Let’s Talk About Love, Baby aka “The Love Library.” The exhibit requires you to linger, as it’s a collection of books made by artists using the romance novel as a springboard for commentary. The library is curated by Chido Johnson & friends, and will be on display at the Columbus College of Art & Design October 11-November 9. My book is a humorous look at overindulgence called “I Am the Booze.” It’s a flipbook for christ’s sake. Addiction is hilarious!
Won’t you please head over to the Antibody Corporation website to read about our dying midwestern cities? At least those places HAVE a lake…