April 25, 2013
Ernest Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, also known as the Nimrod Expedition, made great breakthroughs in polar exploration, science, and even publishing, for it was this trip that produced Aurora Australis, the first book ever written, printed, illustrated and bound in Antarctica.
Eighty years after its original publication, this rare letterpress-printed book was re-issued as trade edition, allowing the larger public to experience the Nimrod crew’s creativity from cover to cover. An added attraction of the re-print is an introductory essay by Aurora Australis researcher John Millard that provides useful information about the original edition.
I discuss this edition, Millard’s text, and online access of Aurora Australis in my latest Long View blog post, hosted by the California Academy of Sciences.
April 5, 2013
This week Kala Art Institute kicks off Kala-fornia: State of the Art 3 – a two week exhibition of contemporary California art culminating with an auction to benefit Kala’s programming.
My contribution, Long View Study No. 20 (Bernardo O’Higgins), will be on view April 11 – 26 and available at the auction gala on Saturday, April 27, 6:30 – 10:00 P.M. The exhibition’s preview party takes place on Thursday, April 11, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
All events take place at the Kala Art Institute Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue,
Berkeley CA 94702 | 510-841-7000
March 30, 2013
I ordinarily shoot my Antarctic finds from the angle that describe them best. But occasionally an item presents two equally interesting sides demanding equal attention. Antarctic item 018 is such an object, which I answer in both photography and writing in my newest Long View blog post.
March 15, 2013
MELT is an evolving installation that I’m working on in the studio these days. The first iteration of the artwork was limited to the floor, consisting of an array of ‘water drawings’ designed to evaporate over time on a 6×8 foot mirrored grid. I’m now experimenting with reflecting light off the artwork onto surrounding walls to suggest submergence.
February 24, 2013
The Heart of the Antarctic is Ernest Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909, one of four voyages he took to the southern continent. The Nimrod Expedition, as it’s also known, is best remembered for having reached within 100 miles of the Geographic South Pole, a record for the time.
My newest Long View blog post looks at Shackleton’s book, which drew on his and his crew’s diaries to describe a landmark expedition in great detail from inception to finish. Most exciting to me however is experiencing the expedition from Shackleton’s perspective, offering insight to his leadership, drive, and commitment to science and exploration.
January 30, 2013
Antarctic item 017 is one of the rustiest discards I brought back from Antarctica. In my latest Long View blog post I speculate about its intended use and ultimate path to oxidation.
January 15, 2013
Photograph by Anja Ulfeldt.
Stanford’s first-year Art Practice grad show, titled Arsenal, is on view till February 10 at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. The artists are Galen Jackson, Eleanor Oakes, Ben Peterson, Anja Ulfeldt, and myself. The exhibition is curated by Terry Berlier, Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Art & Art History.
Photograph by Anja Ulfeldt.
For this exhibition I worked with wood, wire, light and movement to create a site-specific wall installation titled Projections. In this array of ‘sculptural drawings,’ physical protuberances interact with cast shadows to explore material / immaterial images, mappings, and architectures. Audiences are invited to enter and move about the lit environment to experience shifts in space, composition, light and shadow.
Photograph by Anja Ulfeldt.
The Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM–5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. The Gallery is located in the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at 419 Lasuen Mall. Parking is free after 4 PM and all day on weekends.
December 23, 2012
My latest Long View blog post features a write-up of Mervin Peake’s Letters From a Lost Uncle. The book recounts the fictional exploits of a polar adventurer through the letters he writes to his nephew in England. The tale of drama and perseverance centers on the improbable quest for the legendary White Lion — Emperor of the Snows.
Letters from a Lost Uncle is the first humorous book I’ve featured in this series and perhaps not the last. First published in 1948, Peake’s imaginative yarn warranted a high-quality reprint in 2001, the first to reproduce his wonderfully collaged words and text in 4 colors. Photos of this edition are included in my post, the fifth to my Antarctic Bookshelf series covering notable polar-themed books.
December 10, 2012
I’m pleased to be a contributor to RRR.003 | RRRECONSTRUCT, issued now in 6×9 inch book form as well as PDF format. The publication features 100 pages of recycled art printed in black & silver ink an edition of 1000 copies.
Many thanks to curator and publisher Scott Massey for inviting me to participate in yet another RRR publication. Read more about the ongoing project on his website and sample the book here.
November 30, 2012
For my Long View Project, I brought back several discards from Antarctica to incorporate into art pieces. I’ve been intermittently posting photos of these artifacts along with any known information about them, which in most cases is quite little.
One thing for certain however is that they’re all thought and imagination-provoking items. Their curious shapes, marks, colors and textures demand more than a plausible guess. They beg for a story.
So starting with my current post, I’ll occasionally spin a short tale to accompany the objects. These stories will combine fact and fiction in part to to address their mysteries, but more so to bring these fascinating artifacts to life.