This Boris show was shot September 9th, 2006 at Northsix in Brooklyn. I was front and center of the stage shooting hand held and my pal Lisa Corson was taping the wide shot on sticks near the mixing board. Looks like some other tripod footage might have made it into the finally cut but I’m not sure whose.The piece was edited by Ryuta Muryama under the direction of Fangsanalsatan, none other than Atsuo from Boris.
I accidentally taped over a dub of another film of mine and some of the original footage wound up showing through the concert footage. I assumed Atsuo wouldn’t use those clips in the final DVD but I was so wrong haha… He completely embraced the digital hits and went on to add layers upon layers of digital decay making the whole piece look damaged. Atsuo even added the distorted audio from my blown out shotgun mic rather than the board feed we recorded. So funny…
This is an excerpt from the DVD called Damaged only available when you buy the split Stupid Babies Go Mad 10″ released by DIWPhalanx. The disk is pretty insane, I’m glad I got to contribute.
After scouting for crafters to shoot while I was out in Lawrence, KS for a friends wedding I discovering Robin Tucker’s incredible woodwork on Etsy. Robin’s intricate wood-inlayed wood is reminiscent of Amish quilt patterns and Native American designs and the pieces are cut with a pedal powered foot saw. After talking to Robin and his wife Kathy on the phone I knew the Tuckers would be a perfect match for the series I produce for Etsy called Handmade Portraits.
Robin and Kathy Tucker have been living almost completely off the grid since the seventies. They pump their water from the pond in the yard, Kathy used to make their clothing and Robin slaughters their meat from the animals they raise (and roadkill every once and a while). But the one amenity they can’t live without is the internet. Read more about the Tuckers here. And check out my photos from the trip here. Visiting with the Tuckers was a wonderful experience and I am still completely in awe of beauty and complexity of Wood Mosaics work…
Bruce Metcalf met with me last week in his studio in Philadelphia to discuss the state of studio crafts programs, the art world and spending the past 30 + years dedicated to jewelry making. His upcoming retrospective at the Palo Alto Art Center will review his early figurative work as well as his latest forays into woodworking, found objects and fruity iconography. The show will travel across the country and is accompanied by an excellent catalog. As a former Fiber Arts major at Massachusetts College of Art I truly appreciate Bruce’s dedication to writing about craft as a serious art form rather than something to be marginalized by fine art mediums. Stay on the look out for his comprehensive text The History of 20th Century Studio Crafts in America to be published by the end of this year.
My lovely friend folk singer Bridget St. John was married last weekend to bass player Gordon Edwards. The wedding was held at the lake near their cabin in the Adirondacks. It was a magnificent spot, good group of folks, there was a claim bake and amazing music played by Gordon and his friends. Here’s a video of Gordon back in the day with his band Stuff.