The "sticks" pictured here misleadingly appear as drawings. Instead, taking after graphic scores and compositions, after David Byrne's "Arboretum," and after Dadaist poetry as recited notoriously by composer and performer Jaap Blonk, they're intended as visual poems and stories. Alternativey, a visual answer to Yoko Ono's "Instructions," or Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies."
Fifty Sticks may be played also as an I SPY or matching game.
Re-used Resin (SLA)
Using the Form 2 SLA printer and proprietary standard white and grey resins from Formlabs, I attempted to devise a method by which to re-introduce small amounts of post-cured resin back into the printing process in an attempt to offset the amount of non-recyclable plastic waste produced by SLA 3D Printing.
The images here are of a set of plant holders and drawing tools that I designed and printed on the Form 2 using a 10% re-used resin solution. I sanded defunct, failed parts into fibrous resin dust and used equipment in the resin materials' lab to mix the solution thoroughly.
I was elated to find that it works with the same level of detail and precision that the Form 2 is able to achieve with its pure standard resins. There was more post-processing time to knock off extraneous plastic fibers, but that doesn't seem to have greatly affected the detail in the prints themselves.
I used this set of drawing tools to help me with the theremin drawings listed elsewhere on my site, and will continue to use them in my drawings in the future. They consist of:
One set of french curves One flat compass One viewfinder - which also is intended as an aid to repeatedly drawing certain ratio of comics panels
Temple for Earth
This temporary meditation pagoda structure is set for construction during May & June of 2017. It is designed to survive use for one week in a temporary arts community and then be demolished into ash by fire.
Temple for Earth employs a James Turrell-inspired skylight that doubles as an impluvium in rainstorms while keeping visitors dry to create a sacred central column of environmental habitation. The aim of the pagoda is to provide a space of contemplation and solemnity for visitors during the week, intending to incite a renewed reverence for the environment and Earth in light of today's climate crisis.
The exterior will be blackened using shou sugi ban techniques.
Here I have provided preliminary sketches and images of my prototyping process.
The structure was proposed to the Firefly Arts Collective art grant committee and will be funded accordingly.
Japanese Fighting Kites were constructed and quasi-successfully flown in Cambridge, MA in October, 2016, in collaboration with Seth Avecilla.
Do you ever get this feeling of ultimate freedom, and simultaneously ultimate isolation?
More kites to come. You can expect kite thoughts like
"You Keep Me Grounded" "Don't Look Up To Me." "The Tension Keeps Us Together" "You'll Have to Let Go Eventually"
These drawings depicting images and geometric shapes are intended to be read as musical composition for experimental and modified theramin in collaboration with musician Evan Lynch.
Grapefruit is a real-time narrative posted on twelve subsequent locations in Cambridge, MA, executed in August of 2016.
Art for Music
Eli Keszler Poster for Non-Event Eli Keszler Poster for Non-Event (2) Olivia Block Poster for Non-Event Transpiler Poster Transpiler Album Photography
Alternate Realities was an installation that included a continuously flowing, undulating sheer gauze sheet covering two windows at night-time onto which was projected a video of the same windows in the daytime.
Guests were invited to ponder their lives in alternate realities, and to use provided slips of paper as ritualistic means of relinquishing extraneous alternate paths to regain the freedom to live boldly the lives they have chosen rather than pondering forever the alternatives.
Self-Referential QR Codes 2014 & 2016 --- Locations in San Francisco, CA, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL & London, UK
QR Code stickers leading to Wiki pages for
Bike Rack Post Box Flyer Nature Sidewalk Fence Lightpost
The intention behind these QR code stickers was initially meant as a tongue-in-cheek way to ask viewers to realize the degree to which they rely on non-sensory electronically obtained information to experience the world around them.
Someone might find a QR code on a sidewalk brick and wonder where online it leads to and what new information, website, or secret activity they might be missing out on by choosing not to scan it. The viewer would scan the QR code to find a wiki page telling them about sidewalks. Upon discovering such, hopefully they put their phone away again and reconsider how much of the world they can explore empirically for themselves, rather than learning vicariously through online sources and other means.