Close-Ups

One of the things that’s lost when seeing art via the internet is being able to see tiny details and the texture of the object. These details are one of my favorite things about my FLOW piece. In the more detailed images, the way the graphics were converted to vectors is really cool — the image gets broken up into shapes of solid colors. In most of the trees, you can see the grain of the plywood through the translucent paint or ink.

These photos are by Tsubasa Berg.

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New Growth Installation

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8:00 AM I arrived, met Deb and Fin, and we started drilling out the holes. 8 holes, 3 ft deep x 1 ft diameter, with two being “long holes”: 1 ft wide x 2 ft long. Cleaned up the holes with shovels.

9:20 AM Mike arrived with sonotubes. We widened some of the holes and inserted the sonotubes.

10:00 AM Eric and Chris arrived with the sculptures. We started putting them in their respective holes, staking them, and wrapping plastic around the bottom to protect from concrete splashes.

10:45 AM Concrete truck arrived. Mike and Eric started filling holes while Chris and I continued to place and stake them. Cleaned up the concrete a little.

12:15 AM Concrete truck left. Cleaned the wheelbarrows and shovels, gathered tools. Ate lunch.

Administration

I want to post an update about New Growth, but there isn’t anything to look at yet. Because I’m having things fabricated, my role is solely administrative so far. I’ve been sending a lot of emails, and I’ve also attended some meetings. I’ve chosen a site. Okay, I guess you can look at a picture of the site:

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Here is a list of communications that I’ve sent about this project since I got back from California nearly 2 weeks ago:

April 2:
Email to Chris (fabricator), 8:06 PM

April 3:
Text Message to Chris, 7:07 PM
Text Message to Chris, 7:31 PM
Email to Chris, 9:26 PM
Email to Gary (digital printer), 9:54 PM

April 4:
Email to Gary, 8:13 AM
Email to Gary, 8:20 AM
Text Message to Chris, 9:50 AM
Email to Anne (of RIPA), 4:13 PM
Email to Anne, 10:16 PM

April 5:
Email to Anne & Lia (of Bronx Museum), 2:47 PM

April 7:
Email to Anne, 3:25 PM
Text Message to Chris, 4:15 PM
Text Message to Chris, 5:11 PM
Email to Gary, 9:02 PM

April 8:
Email to Gary, 8:00 AM
Email to Gary, 3:06 PM
Email to Anne, 6:31 PM

April 9:
Email to Gary, 4:53 PM
Email to Gary, 8:33 PM

April 10:
Email to Anne & Lia, 10:08 AM
Email to Anne & Lia, 12:03 PM
Email to Gary, 12:40 PM
Email to Anne, 2:21 PM
Email to Anne, 2:32 PM
Email to Anne, Deb, Scott & Eric (all of RIPA), 3:08 PM
Email to Anne, Deb, Scott & Eric, 3:14 PM
Email to Gary, 3:16 PM
Email to Deb, 3:25 PM
Email to Deb, 3:29 PM
Email to Deb, 3:30 PM
Text Message to Chris, 7:01 PM

April 11:
Email to Deb, 9:43 AM
Email to Deb, 10:45 AM

April 12:
Email to Deb, 12:38 AM
Meeting with Deb, 8:00 AM
Email to Anne, 10:03 AM
Email to Anne, 10:27 AM

Pati & Ben – Shrine Tour

Patricia Dominguez and her husband Benjamin came on a tour today. Pati is doing her own shrine-like experiment/performance with a tree, so the act of shrine building came naturally to them; They added interesting found objects to each shrine as offerings. We walked all the way to the end and finally confirmed that the fourth shrine is alive and well. We even built our own shrine — a large one which we made out of metal debris and an amazing set of strings of beads for a doorway. Pati found a book called “Strange Stories, Amazing Facts” with some pretty eccentric stories and images.

She spoke about what she saw as “looking at our civilization from the future. As closest as Robert Smithson’s tour as one can get…pray[ing] to the elements of the industrial landscape.” She also compared the graffiti to cave paintings and indigenous art. Some do in fact look to be influenced from aboriginal art.

She suggested I push the participatory elements of the tour, and I have experience doing this from my Elastic City walk… I can just imagine shrines accumulating along the length of the cut.

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