Godzilla Black-Light Performance Painting

Photo by Aaron Rogosin

I did this painting as a performance on December 3rd, 2008. I used Rosco Vivid FX UV reactive stage paint.
The strobe effect in the video is from the led blacklight flicker meeting the video frame rate and not agreeing on everything.

A few more pictures from Aaron:

A Living Mural

Last Weekend my friend Andy and I painted a mural together.
I used my computer with an lcd projector.
Andy used black and white paint on the wall where I projected.
Andy did the lines with black paint
and I did the color with adobe photoshop

xtra-cycle studio

Wordfish At the Someday Lounge

Last July, I performed with the group Wordfish at the Someday Lounge in Portland, Oregon. The show was webcast, and I was finally able to edit down this shortened version for the web. Its got some of the highlights from the show:

Here is the final image from the night. I painted this using photoshop:

Wordfish is:
Johnathon Allen - spoken word; Laurie Boucher dancing; Victor Paul Nash on keys, vibes, and horn; Skyler Norwood on drums, Andy Combs on guitar; and myself on the electric canvas.

Uncle Sam Takes a Gamble on Wall St

"Oh no kids, you don't understand. This is sure to pay off in the long run. I'm doing it for your future, you see."

Live Painting at Plug 4, Burning Man 2008

filmed by Lenka

Photo by Dylan Spears, my collaborator for the second night.

To the Desert!

I'm headed out to the Black Rock Desert Tomorrow morning. I'll be living in Ol Bes the Bus for a month, working for two weeks on Basura Sagrada, the Burning Man Temple (you can read a news article here or visit the website here).
I'll be working with my friend Jack to build a few shelters first off, then I'll be a part of Camp I Am for Burning Man. I'm sticking around a few days afterward to help clean up, then I'm out of there.
I'm bringing my sketch books, a lot of paint, some great food and an open mind, going into my fifth year of attending burning man, I'm excited. I'll see you all soon.

Word Fish video now up at Someday lounge

I recently performed at Someday Lounge with Word Fish, a spoken word, music, dance and painting performance group. I was working with Adobe Photoshop, projecting a painting onto the stage, and the Someday Lounge recorded the whole thing. you can see some of my techniques in action here: (you'll need to fast forward through the opening band until I get an edited verion).

SoHiTek Gets Inky In the Studio and On the Web

I've been working with Erik Carlson from SoHiTek on the record label's blog and the packaging for the new Double Plus Good Album.
We've been working together to design the album and the website, I'm providing tech support in a few areas, and he's designing the aesthetics for the projects. I created the font using Letterforms that a friend of Eric's drew, tracing them with my wacom tablet and converting them to glyphs using Fontlab Studio. It's called "Ashlee". I used the font to create the CD layout based on his idea. We designed it for a two color screen print using a single screen and masking.
Here are the registration tabs we put in place. He's printed five hundred of these using the Arigato Pack recycled packaging from Stumptown Printers.

Here's a screen shot of the new SoHiTek blog . It's hosted on Blogger.com (just like this site). Erik used photoshop to create a retro video game feel for the site, and I put all the pieces into place and created the site template. I'm especially liking the post containers. Check it out for yourself.

Mech Garden Screen Prints on Monkey Sew Yoga Clothes

The Flourish Fashion Show featured my screen prints on Monkey Sew Monkey Do yoga clothing. The clothes are hand-made by Natalie Staggs from bamboo, soy and organic cotton blends. The clothes are for sale at Blue Sky on Mississippi, and will be in the Monkey Sew booth at Whole Earth Festival.

Photo By Aaron Rogosin

Downtown Portland Interactive Panoramic Illustration

You oughta click and drag to navigate around this here doodle.
You can also view the static image on my flickr account here

Rivers In Demand with the Epicocity Project in China

I've been working with the Epicocity crew the last several months to help create their Rivers in Demand Web Site, for their Kayak television series featuring Environmentally threatened rivers around the world.
As I write this, they are in China preparing their second major river run after just completing over two hundred miles on The Mekong River. I've been able to track their progress and help them keep their site as up-to-date as possible using some pretty cool new technology.

Their site is hosted on Blogger, and uses an interactive Google Map to give their location, which is determined by regular broadcasts from their Spot satellite transceiver. They are also placing Satellite phone calls from the back-country and recording the calls. We've been linking their media up to geographic locations using Google Maps rich editing interface, and they've been able to keep their site updated on an almost daily basis using Blogger's simple posting and labeling interface. We've smoothly adjusted to a major change in plans, and the site seamlessly reflected their transition from the Upper Salween descent they had planned to the Mekong River descent they chose instead when the Tibetan border refused them entrance.
Currently the Epicocity crew is in Lansing, preparing for the next trip down the Great Bend with a group of 28 international scientists, environmentalists and other parties interested in the future of China's challenged rivers.

Vulcan Mural

I spent the first half of February in California, hanging out with some friends and painting murals in two places. I don't have photos of the first mural yet, but I was able to snap some pics of the second mural, seen here. I painted this at Brent, Tommy and Shira's place in the old Vulcan Steel Refinery in East Oakland. Brent just moved in there this month, Shira runs her metal studio out of there, and its where the Yard Dogs Road Show, Tommy's band, practice. I had a great time painting this mural there, it was an inspiring place.

Nuclear Power Plant Imposion

Click the Power Plant!

I used Aaron Rogosin's photo sequence to rotoscope this animation. He has a great story about taking these photos, if you care to ask him.

Freeway Overpass Animation

I made this animation after I walked over I-5 during rush hour. I stopped in the middle of the bridge and watched the cars coming toward me and came up with a new game I call Car Truck Suvy, or Suvy, Car, Truck Car, or any variation in that vein. Keep an eye out for the forthcoming rules.

The Growth of the Shadow City

When i was a senior in college, I took a work-study position in the Sculpture department so I could have twenty-four hour access to the studios, particularly the welding shop, where I was building my senior thesis, A Gifting Machine, from scrap metal. That project, along with other mechanical sculptures, got me thinking about building a miniature city out of scrap metal and old mechanical parts, with moving elements, little lights, maybe even a sewer system and smokestacks that spewed pollution. I also considered building a second city that used solar panels and living machines that recycled the waste.

I went back to Montana that winter to visit my family, and while I was home, my mom gave me a sketchbook. On the firstpage, I drew a complicated city-scape, the begining to sketch out my ideas for the model city.

When I got back to Eugene, I was working with the Craft Center at the University of Oregon to set up a hot-glass studio. That's where I met Jason Harris, the owner of Jerome Baker Designs and the person hired to design and build the glass studios.
Jason saw my illustrations and designs and hired me to do some designs for his new skate company, Jerome Baker Decks. One of those designs was based on my city sketch, he wanted a city-scape skate deck, so I went to Portland and spent three days sketching the city before returning to Eugene to draw the deck.

I had launched into a new exploration, without really becoming aware of it for quite some time. Most of the work I was doing at the time was exploring the shapes of cities, the way buildings come together and occupy space, the way roads intersect and the way that different elements like trees or fog broke up the lines of the city.

As I became aware of my studies I pushed them further and began exploring the quality of line that different elements of a city create. I moved to Portland that year, and began studying the jagged tree line that sat behind the tall, vertical, smooth lines of the buildings. I also focused on the long horizontal lines that bridges and roadways created, and the way that the fog would descend on the city, creating gradients against the hard lines of the city. I looked at the way the clouds would descend into the trees, making multiple layers of jagged lines appear where before there was only a smooth, deep greenish-black fading to blue in the distance with a single jagged line at the edge.

At this point I was diving deep into the shape and perspective of a city, learning and progressing and developing my own distinctive look. All the while, I was simultaneously looking for these same shapes and lines in nature, discovering them at the base of tree, in fallen logs in the woods, or in the way a river carves through a canyon. I was so focused on my studies, I was unaware of where they were taking me, and had almost completely forgotten how I'd arrived there.

Just about the time I was becoming bored with my linear studies, and turning my attention from the shapes and lines toward color and light, I went to Burning Man again for the fourth time and saw something incredibly inspirational.
I was walking home one night from across the playa, strolling along the Esplanade for the first time that week, looking at the different theme camps set up along Black Rock City's principle boulevard.
One of the camps I passed was quite, this must have been their night out, but they left their stage illuminated for passerbys. The stage was a simple design, a translucent backdrop with lights behind projected through a cardboard cut-out to create a beautiful shadow of a forest, with grass, mushrooms, flowers and some trees. It was amazing for its elegance and simplicity, by no means the first of its kind, but it was the first time I'd really noticed the technique.

I rode home from Burning Man with two friends from Portland, who also happened to be two of the principle organizers for the Portland Burning Man Decompression. One of them, Shira, was planning the artwork for the event, and along the two day trip we talked a lot about the possibilities. I brought up the stage that had inspired me, and mentioned that I'd like to try something similar with a city skyline.

Back in Portland, I wrote the idea up and did a concept sketch, sending it off to Shira as a proposal, but also sending it to the Rebuilding Center, a construction materials re-use center near my house.

One afternoon I was hanging out looking through the Rebuilding center's piles of cool scraps and parts, and I noticed a ray of evening sun cutting through an upper window and casting a glowing circle on the wall a few feet off the floor. I began setting objects that I picked out in front of the ray of light, and looking at the different shadows they cast. That was when I noticed that three dimensional objects cast much more interesting and dynamic shadows than cardboard cut-outs; when you move a three dimensional object in the light, the shadow changes shape and perspective, unlike two-dimensional objects that only change perspective.

I pitched my idea to the Rebuilding Center, and told them a bit about the Decompression Party. The Rebuilding Center provided a lot of materials for free to an Burning Man art installation I worked on with Shrine and Tuk Tuk, the Tasseograph Tea Temple.

The Tea temple was also being set up at the Decompression, so it occurred to me the Rebuilding Center might donate materials for my city scape. They were into the idea, and they let me go through the Rebuilding Center and pick out materials that I thought would work.

I installed the Shadow City at the Portland Decompression and it was a huge hit. I used a twenty foot timber that was lying around the warehouse where we hosted the event, and several lights that I brought down myself. during the event, I would go behind the screen and move the lights, swooping them through the city and changing the perspective and shape of the shadow cast on the screen.

After the party, I packed up the city onto a palette and left it at the warehouse. I began looking for other opportunities to install the city, and came across the Regional Arts and Culture Council's call for submissions for the Portland Building Exhibit space. I looked into the requirements and specifics and the space was a perfect match for the shadow city. I put together a proposal, using photos from the Decompression, and submitted it in December.

Last weekend, the RACC notified me that the Shadow City was selected and scheduled to be installed November 10th through December 5th in the lobby of the Portland Building in downtown Portland, home of the famous Portlandia sculpture and many of the City of Portland's offices.

So now I have 11 months to build the Shadow City. I already have most of the materials I need from the Rebuilding center's first donation, but I will also be looking for other grants to provide matching funding or donations. I'd like to incorporate some of my original ideas, from back in the Sculpture department at the University of Oregon. I'd like to get some mechanics, perhaps electrical, or potentially pneumatic, and I'd like to look into moving lighting systems, like the kinds that green houses use.

some fun words to whisper

If you say these kind of quite and stress the consonants, they make a nice rhythm:

do you cook zit, hut doo cook zit, dew tu-tu cooks it, hmm shit cooks it.

got two check accounts, got two check accounts, got two check accounts today.

fish are all caught so lets go home

forget your check accounts and take out two loans

bupity birds to catch the boots n pants to tame the choo-choo train .