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I deinstalled my sculptures from Drew University a couple of weeks ago. It was wonderful to have these pieces at my alma mater, the University in the Forest! Thanks to Kim Rhodes for coordinating the whole effort and surrounding events (panel, class visits, publications, and this instagram campaign!) Thanks to Stephanie in the facilities department and her crew for such a smooth deinstall. Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for funding the program.

These babies are now tucked in for the winter in my storage shed, although a select few of the evergreen variety may be making an appearance in my home for Christmas.

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Here are some snapshots of my project for In-Site, including a few of the installation process. These are all enlarged images of weeds from South Orange, wheatpasted onto nearby buildings. Will be editing documentation soon!

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I’m going to be doing a public installation in ArtBloc in September. Here’s a description:

I am converting these windowed containers into a giant terrarium, to be filled with weeds collected from Hamilton Park with the help of the Greens Group volunteers. Throughout the two month period, the installation will be constantly changing and growing. It will act as a foil to the domesticated space of the park, a wild place within the city, encouraging viewers to look at the overlooked.

Here are some weeds we collected last Saturday. Stay tuned!

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Rev. Billy at Work

As he posted on Facebook:

ART WORLD IS THE GAS STATION OVER-RUN BY A VENGEFUL PLANET OF RAGING WEEDS. David LaChapelle the wunderkind Warhol teenager who rose from that factory to soar through art forms, infuriating local priesthoods in each one, until he was directing vids for Madonna and Amy Winehouse and selling his photo works for prices rivaling the famous art stars that no-one has ever heard of. LaChapelle is now the kind of Earth re-wilder that we need replacing the predators in each category of establishment culture. His subversion of fine arts, photography and fashion – needs to spread to religion, retail, reality shows, medicine, fast food, science, banks, comedy, law enforcement (really?) – we need Earth disrupters everywhere for the required Earth revolution to take hold. The fossil fuel/big banker/war maker elite will be completely taken aback at how many of us appear in places they thought were safe for their profit center called Extinction. And we ARE everywhere. We’re starting a website for “Earth-lovers in Law Enforcement” to go with “Eco-Banker” – watch for the launches. If you’ve got a child and you want that child to live than you don’t support the fossil cartel, which includes all the Presidents and Prime Ministers you can come up with on your junior high quiz of the week. Tomorrow night we’ll go sing at David LaChapelle’s opening at the Kasmin Gallery, 10th Av and 27th St in the Chelse, 6 to 8 PM. We’ll sing a song or two, bless the man with a hands-on prayer, accept the celebrity wannabe mob as wayward sinners, after all sucking up to glam is a part of each of us, let’s forgive it in advance” “It’s OK, you look fabulous, but can you say… Earthalujah?!”

Check out DLC’s great show here:

Upvan Art Festival – Brainstorming

I have been looking at pictures of Thane online, and I am interested in these square, concrete barriers around tree beds:

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Visually, I am interested in the contrast between the organic lines of the trees and the hard-edged, geometric structure of the barriers. Conceptually, I am interested in what the barriers signify: “This is a space for a tree, separate from human space. Also, this nature was put here for your enjoyment and recreation. This is a destination. This place has been cared for. This place is beautiful and civilized.”

In general, I am interested in the relationship between people and their environment. I am also interested in how we mentally categorize different kinds of spaces and places. Some are valued and maintained, seen as “destinations”. Other kinds of spaces are purely functional, not aesthetic. Others still can be called “junkspace”: a place that is overlooked, unused, untended, and thus host to numerous extraordinary possibilities.

I am interested in finding some trees that are a little bit outside of the main recreational area of Thane and Upvan lake, in spaces that have not been designated for this purpose. I would like to construct a barrier for each tree I choose, inspired by the ones I see in the photos above. I would like to use concrete if possible, so if I could hire a small crew to help me make some small, low structures, that would be great. The structures can be temporary, if necessary.

By doing so, these “junkspaces” would become destinations by virtue of having public art placed there, and the trees would get more attention too. I would like to take this a step further by creating Foursquare.com venues online for each tree, which visitors could vitually “check into” and leave photos and comments. There is also a kind of pun here: The barriers are square-shaped, and maybe I could have four of them!

Once I am in Thane, I might get some more ideas to add to this project: possibly some kind of adornment for the low concrete structures, or possibly some kind of workshop organized about how to care for city trees.

I know there was recently a tree census in Thane. Maybe this project would help to raise awareness that all of the trees are beneficial to the people. I also see there are some articles online about illegal tree cutting. So this project would have an environmental message, and also deal with how we use and think about public space in relationship to nature.