for Make Things Happen, a project organized by Christine Wong Yap and presented at Nathan Cummings Foundation (NYC), 2014; NYU Tisch School of the Arts (NYC), 2014; and Interface Gallery (Oakland), 2015
Drawing mathematical patterns by hand based on a simple set of rules, as if we were computers executing algorithms, reminds us of the imprecision of our hands.
Hacking for Artists
free workshop series, 2012-2014
Hacking for Artists is a series of free workshops focused on teaching electronics and computer programming to artists. They are not formal classes, but open time to work on projects in adjacency to and in collaboration with other artists who are figuring things out. I am around the whole time to help out, provide resources, and point people in the right direction. I built an electronics lab in my studio and stocked it with tools (soldering iron, breadboards, etc) along with a lot of components (arduino, raspberry pi, misc. electronics, resistors, capacitors, lights, sensors, etc) to play with.
Hacking for artists began as a website made in collaboration with Nik Hanselmann, was then offered as a class at UC Santa Cruz taught by me, and has now became a series of free, collaborative workshops.
Support for Hacking for Artists was provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program
participatory art event
photos from Rock Paper Scissors Gallery (Oakland), 2010
The Fun-A-Day show is based on a simple premise: pick a project, do it every day in January and show your work in a group show the following month. I began organizing this show in 2004 with a group of friends in Philadelphia. We founded the Artclash Collective which organizes this and other art projects. Since then, the show has spread to over 25 cities, spawning new art collectives and has included thousands of art projects from hundreds of artists. The show is unjuried, free, and always packed with art and visitors.
Imagine and Manifest…
<< no.1 is a 16 page screenprinted edition of 40.
“patterns drawn by hand and by software
the sun and the milky way over steuben, wi
printed at ACRE in august, 2012″
<< no.2 is a screenprinted and photocopied map edition of 130
“This map is a supplement to a guided bike tour first held on September 14th and 15th for the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose”
curated online show, 2010
In November of 2010, I was invited to curate a show for add-art, the Firefox plugin that replaces internet ads with art. Here is my curator’s statement:
Internet ads are perfect little boxes, accurate to the pixel, placed within the precise geometric grids which delineate the contents of a website. This show replaces them with artworks exploring geometric abstraction–pushing, pulling, and reconfiguring the same mathematical language which defines the pixel-precise placement of internet ads. Cut and resized to the size of ads, these tiny artworks give us a glimpse into the diverse explorations of these artists as their pieces interact with the gridded landscapes in which they now find themselves.
Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s hand painted “X-Waves” begin with a simple grid structure but begin to warp and waver as their tiny imperfections multiply outward making perfectly imperfect patterns. Ann Alstatt’s prints explore the geometry of patterns and the language of math textbooks, cleverly juxtaposing these borrowed elements with landscapes, animals and textures. Maureen Halligan’s paintings explore the striated spaces of suburban development, mapping abstract representations of the growth of sprawl. In his “codescapes” series, Nik Hanselmann writes code which visualizes itself, resulting in dense maps which show the movement of variables and functions across the landscape of software. Pablo Manga “Linescapes” are created by layering tape culled from shops Mexico City to create complex meshes of undulating lines and colors.
And here are the images:
whispering (new media 2013)
collaboration with Nik Hanselmann
audio installation, 2009
Ambient sound installation with 4 cassette players playing 8 tracks spread across 20 speakers by 8 mics and numerous feedback loops, powered by 8 homemade amps and 8 homemade preamps.
Internet Tools Class
In the spring of 2013, the students in my Internet Tools & Concepts class created a great exhibit that exists both online and off. Check out the online version, which includes an interactive 3-D gallery, links to online work, project descriptions, and documentation of the IRL show.
Avatar internet artist LaTurbo Avedon also visited the class. It was certainly the most unorthodox guest speaker I’ve had visit a class:
I sent this message to my friend Aaron three months after Friendster went public. Prescient: