Sunday, December 19, 2010

Peak Pandemonium

Peak Pandemonium
This is a project I'm working on to raise awareness about the coal mining industry's method of mountain top removal.  It's an interactive piece in which the audience will remove the top of the circus-themed mountain I've constructed and inside they will find free prints.  On the back there is a written description of the form of mining and the irreversible effects it's had on the family's and land of the Appalachian Mountain Range.   On the front of the paper, there is an image of a business man playing with toy mountains, blowing of the tops for pure enjoyment.

This piece will be installed at Alpine Valley Ski Resort for a few weeks outside of the main chalet.  After that it will travel from place to place around Milwaukee.  Keep an eye out for the Peak Pandemonium.

Janson's Final

Okay... So this doesn't look like a whole lot, but for me, the project represents most of my trouble with public installation.

My project aims to address legality in a non-aggressive way. This is a grocery cart that was found on Fratney and Clark, at least five or six blocks from it's real home, and in a sense, this cart is graffiti and this cart is littering. There will be a time in the near future that somebody will need to address the issue of the cart, and instead of living at the Co-op, it will find it's way home. Although I didn't move this cart, I altered it. I didn't spray paint the cart because that involves labor intensive cleaning or disposal. I also didn't permanently alter the cart by bending it's parts, or breaking the wheels, but instead decorated the cart with natural and biodegradable materials. The yarn holding the pieces in place is easily cut, and the cart is conveniently placed by trash cans and recycling bins. The works aren't very confrontational, and in a way could be cute. When the cart is moved, my pieces might swing, and they might even make noise. They could be cute or they could be annoying. I think it's important to understand the context of these pieces.

This project is an introduction to a hypothetical larger project in which I address legality in subtle ways. It's important to me to confront this issue because finding permissioned spaces has become such a hindrance to the momentum of my projects. Although it could be, It's a step that doesn't need to be taken in the process of art making.

I'm having some trouble describing this idea, so I might add to this post tomorrow...

Old Man Stands Awkwardly.

On the side of Northstar Music on 69th and North.

I kind of ran into a slight snag when it came to displaying this, so I eventually asked the owner of this music store I go to if he would let me put this up on the side of his building. He agreed to let me do it, but just temporarily, so it was only up there for part of saturday, but here are a couple images of what it looked like.


Front. Back.

So, I went to the Wauwatosa Library and talked to a couple of the staff members there. They were more than happy to take a small stack of the bookmarks I had made and put them out for people to take. Unfortunately I didn't get to see where they put them so I don't have a picture of that. I also ran into some problems when it came to putting them in books and taking pictures, they let me put them in and take pictures, but I could not leave them there so I only have a couple pictures to show from it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

ReLief Printed Tennis balls:)

I'm still in the process of printing these on paper but I REALLY LIKE the pattern Designs!! ( sorry for the blurry photo:( lol

MUD STENCILS: Tears of Joy & Tears of pain..

FIRST TIME stencil woes...I finally got the hang of it by the end:) I can honestly say that "COLIN MATTHES WAS RIGHT!!":) Most of the issues I faced with my stencils came from the water absorption in the cardboard paper...

So I had to work around that little problem, but luckily the weather was on my side. The colder it got outside, the stiffer my wet boards became, so as I printed one stencil, I would just wait for the other to freeze up and dry.

Also, the light wash of the mud turned out a lot better because of the cold too! Things eventually got better and people walking by liked it a lot.