Friday, February 25, 2011

Inspiration Board

This made the beginning of the instillation feel real and important. Somehow in my mind only "important" art gets mock-ups.


This was actually quite helpful when discussing what direction they saw this instillation/mural going.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Philosophy: An instillation

It starts with an idea.
sketch posted on the opposite hall wall for my reference
Al Landrum and Angela Fazio-Landrum have commissioned me to create a mural in their residence. 6' x 27' entrance hall in their San Francisco home. A bit daunting but incredibly invigorating. The entire project started with a tiny idea. One day Angela swept her arm across the wall and said "What if we had a mural of evolution here?" After that the seeds began to germinate in the back of my brain, working forward into more concrete images and concepts.

Haeckel's "tree of life", Darwin's metaphorical description of the pattern of universal common descent made literal by his greatest popularizer in the German scientific world. This is the English version of Ernst Haeckel's tree from the The Evolution of Man (Published 1879), one of several depictions of a tree of life by Haeckel. "Man" is at the crown of the tree; for Haeckel, as for many early evolutionists, humans were considered the pinnacle of evolution via Wikipedia.

I don't like to depict ideas literally. I like to pair opposing concepts and see how they play off of one another to bring a viewer to some of my same conclusions. Although I do think it is crucial that the viewer bring their own unique conclusions too.
Kepler's Platonic solid model of the Solar system from Mysterium Cosmographicum (1596) via Wikipedia.

So I came to philosophy: the love of knowledge.


Middle English: from Old French philosophie, via Latin from Greek philosophia 'love of wisdom'

Monday, February 14, 2011

I love Wordle!
I really want to explore what is important that I don't even notice. This is like reading Tarot cards to me.
Wordle: posTTaska

Friday, February 4, 2011

Travel Journal: Physicality, part 1, Planning

I see the purpose of a travel journal as two fold: planning and documentation. What do I really mean by these words?
The only thing that is possibly more exciting on taking those first steps out the front door on an adventure is that first moment that you decide it is high time that you go. I get such a rush from collecting maps and books on places I want to explore. I spend hours day dreaming of all the wacky and racy situations I could possibly find myself in, traveling across a new county or country or continent. Sure I enjoy my workday most of the time, but there are times when the best way to stay sane while doing busy work, like filing, is fantasize about an upcoming trip.
Then I can't wait to get home to pour over maps, make notes, and even in rare cases make reservations. These ideas and notations can be valuable for maximizing a short trip or coming up with something remotely interesting when the weather is keeping you from getting off your "quaint" island. Who knows if I will even want to climb that obscure volcano by the time I actually find a clean bed in the Mexican jungle, but I know I want to have a few crucial notes about who to call and when I wake up on the last day with a second wind.


Look to the trees #posttaska #distressedfx

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