Diversions & Curious Enthusiasms
Diverse Interests & Passions of Note
That Inspire & Inform One's Profession
In the same sense that college credit can be acquired from reports on "life experiences", so do various life interests and diversions affect and inspire one's profession.
Recording light and shadow has always been my art form of choice to dabble in. I have been shooting a wide variety of subjects for over 20 years, beginning with black & white and color studies at junior college – both in and out of the studio – and on to shooting most anything ever since. While I loved the darkroom, digital photography has enabled much more shooting and ease of production.
Deluxe Buckets Band
One creative pursuit I've enjoyed since piano lessons at age six is live music. My real musical performance studies began after high school with drums and bass guitar adventures in multiple bands up to the past few years San Francisco and now Sonoma County.
I find that music and live performance is a completely different creative endeavor that engages everything BUT the brain (which is a wonderful escape from the complex daily design work of building websites). My current band project is known as Deluxe Buckets. Prior to the DBs, I was the co-founding drummer of the ongoing phenomenon that is Baby Seal Club.
Handcar Regatta Co-Organizer / Aetherwebs Master
As part of kinetic sculpture design and Burning Man activities (see below), I've had the honor to work with a large group of dedicated and madly creative folks who will do anything to keep building a huge, grassroots community event known as The Great Handcar Regatta.
The event has grown from a surprising 3500-4000 person event in its first year to over triple that in just three years! My jobs have been: sole website designer and copy writer, board of directors member, contraption builder, racer/musical performer, and catch-all gopher and doer of anything required to make this fabulously unwieldy (and fabulously fun) event function for thousands of appreciative fans and participants.
Always one to work with my hands, I've recently co-founded a building collective known as Krank-Boom-Clank to build "kinetic conveyances of whimsy" and other mutant ride-able sculptures of delight.
The newly completed "Hennepin Crawler" is comprised largely of discarded lawn furniture, VW Bug and antique Cadillac parts, old wooden furniture bits, industrial culvert pipe and aviation wire, plus old bikes among other bits too numerous to mention. It is capable of both street and railroad track cruising. The Crawler represents a desire to meld alternative transportation innovation, human-powered kinetic sculpture, recycling of disparate pieces of functional garbage, and the prankster's notion of absurdity, bewilderment, and beauty on an unsuspecting public.
Currently, K-B-C has joined kinetic forces with FBUC (Fun Bike Unicorn Club) to unleash even more contraption madness upon the masses (with more than a hint of derring-doo and danger)!
- View the Gallery of construction and racing shots of the Hennepin Crawler
- See my and other's photos on Flickr
Burning Man Projects
Though many may view Burning Man as little more than a crazed debauch (it is that too, of course!), there is much to be said for the amount of intense work and resourcefulness in attending and creating during a week-long event in a distant and often inhospitable desert.
Beyond simply arranging for the many needs to survive, doing so in a stylish wardrobe, and with a jovial attitude, while simultaneously creating large-scale artwork, is a severe and heady experiment.
The result is often a joyous melding of extremely disciplined work, physical and mental flexibility, and resourcefulness, while coordinating and collaborating with a dedicated community of highly creative and visionary folks. The toil is tough, but the rewards are rich — both as a person who builds lasting friendships, and as a professional who can complete complex jobs in demanding situations.
Two recent major projects completed for the event include:
- Hennepin Crawler, 2008
Ride-able kinetic sculpture for four riders on four very big wheels: See above Industrial Arts for description.
- Ice-Flø, 2007
"Art car:" a thirty-two foot long, two story tall faux iceberg to transport Playa denizens within a comfy pillowed lounge, DJ booth and mini dance floor that converts to a live music stage, and all lit in the soft marine hues of a hapless chunk of melting ice, adrift across the open desert floor.
Built by myself and a small crew of dedicated, detail-crazed people over a 7 month period. The process included coordinating an extravagant fundraiser party with over 300 attendees, showcasing varied visual arts, live performers, and musicians, in a sizable arctic-decorated venue in Sebastopol, CA.