You are the universe experiencing itself.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


As promised here is the timelapse of the window from my BFA show.

And as a bonus here is a test timelapse I did with my new D800.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yosemite Bouldering Project

This is what I made for a 16mm film class I've been taking. I certainly envisioned something more... in focus. Also, it was transfered with a low quality in-house telecine, but it was free so I can't complain too much. I think I learned most that, as appealing as film sounds, it doesn't work well with the things I want to use it for. Climbing being just one.

Oh well.

Film Loop Documentation

It's been a while since I've updated so I thought I would take the opportunity to post this video, showing my 16mm film loop projection, that I've been sitting on for a while. I've got no excuse for not uploading it sooner, just slipped from my mind and I forgot all about it.

The loop of film consists of two alternating frames. One of an intact cup, and the other of the same cup smashed. The two frames blend together, appearing superimposed as they are projected at 18 fps.

The result reflects the two glass plate negatives that were mounted on the wall on either side of the projection.

I also still (think I) have a timelapse of the light through the window in my show. I'll be uploading that soon if I can find it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour

This morning I biked over to Moffett Field and the Nasa Ames Research Center to see STS Endeavour fly overhead piggy-backing on a 747. Here's a resulting photograph.

Strangely it flew over the wrong side of Moffett since everyone–even the NASA Staff–was expecting it to come in over the runway. They had announced over a PA system that it would come on a landing approach and fly as low as possibly 200ft! But it actually surprised everyone as it appeared from behind Hanger One.

Well, it was still a great sight to witness and document.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

ODAL Video

Here's a video I made on the two trips for my ODAL 201 (Principals of Outdoor Leadership) class. It consists mostly of footage from my GoPro Hero2.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Speaking of Student Art Show...

Here is another new piece I made for the student art show. It's a print on a 24"x20" glass plate of a photo of two galaxies: M81 and M82.

The galaxies take the form of two faint, blurry, oblong, light spots. One is near the bottom-middle, and the other is in the middle-left.

New Video: Looking Across the Ocean

Here is a new video loop I made for the annual student art show at SNC. In the show it exists on an old small black and white CRT monitor without any music.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Student Symposium 2012

Last Thursday I presented my BFA show, Aggregate of All Our Joys and Sufferings, in Sierra Nevada College's second annual Student Symposium and won first place! I was so surprised but thrilled, and I was honored to be able to represent the Fine Arts department. Also congrats to Jessica–who also did her BFA show this semester–for winning third place.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SNC/FA Feature

Here is a great article by Christy on the SNC/FA Blog about my BFA show. I think it describes what my work is all about even better than I do.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

This is it

The last week. Time up to now has been full of trials, tests, troubles and success. Installation of my show starts today, though I am still putting the finishing touches on work. It has been a tremendous process so far and my anticipation for the finale is steadily growing. I have had many doubts in my mind along the way, not to mention plenty of distractions such as going climbing in Bishop last weekend, and I even have the CSS Regionals competition in Sacramento tomorrow. I am thankful to have survived thus far, and confident that I can make the last mile and put on one hell of a show in the end.

Of course I owe more thanks than I can express to many people without whom this would not have been possible. I will never forget it.

But it's not over yet.
Here we go!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Canis Majoris Installation

A "small" installation of my Canis Majoris piece on the 3rd floor of David Hall. Check it out for yourself!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Scale Test

Here is a quick test I did on the approximate relative scale of the sun (the small dot, 2mm diameter) and VY Canis Majoris (the large arc, 4m diameter) the largest known star, 1800-2100 solar radii.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Some Photos from High Desert

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my NWGN410: High Desert Installations course last summer.

Ice Climbing

Not so much art related, but the weekend before this semester started I went on a two day ice climbing class in Lee Vining, CA. I got a GoPro and made this video with the footage I got.

Truck Timelines

This is a scan of a single piece of 35mm film, cut into two parts. A simple explanation of the process is that I hold the shutter open as I rewind the film. In this case the camera was stationary while the truck drove past. If you think of how a flatbed scanner works it is somewhat similar. In the case of these trucks, the perspective is flattened, and the front of the truck exists in a different space of time from the back.

Prints of these were exhibited in the SNC Student, Faculty, and Alumni Show at the Hobson Gallery in Reno, NV in December 2011.

Schrodinger's Cup

In these glass plates there is a cup in a 4-6 minute exposure and halfway through the exposure I drop a brick onto the cup. I was thinking about how it shows both states of the cup in a space of time compressed into a single photo. The cup exists both intact and destroyed in the photo. A fundamental law of the universe is that matter and energy doesn't just disappear into non-existence. It can disperse to infinity but it never goes away completely. All the pieces, every particle of the cup will exist forever.

Also, when considering that all the matter on earth, even the matter that makes up our own bodies descended from stars. To me the exploding of the cup speaks to the supernova of a star, the process that results in the dispersal of matter.

Couple most recent items

Two glass plates from last weekend. First is a self portrait at Pyramid Lake, and the second is on the Black Rock Playa (where Burning Man is held) with my friend Logan.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Foucault Pendulum

I made this video on the course I took this semester called NGWN 410: High Desert Installations. It was entirely shot using a Canon A560 hacked with a scripted intervalometer. The title comes from the device which is used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.

Desert Assimilation

The desert was a new and unfamiliar environment for me to explore. For 12 days we escaped the mountains, the forests, our daily obligations and responsibilities, and the monotony of structured life. We fled away from constraint into a prolonged period of artistic thought. The idea of art combined with adventure was at first fresh and novel to me, but now to me it is the obvious conclusion; it is the ultimate exercise to be released from all other concerns and to focus purely on an artistic experience. I find in this context a barrier between art and life is dropped. Not to say that the two are not connected before, but art is simply a part of life, and now art becomes life; they integrate wholly.
To the casual observer the desert is the embodiment of nothingness. When I told people about this course and where we were going I would usually describe it as "the middle of nowhere." But even as I would say those words I knew in my head the ignorance of them. I believe this idiom is a symptom of urban life, in which we are under such constant bombardment of stimulus that we become conditioned to filter information out. We begin to filter so heavily that in the desert we interpret the experience as nothingness, but there is something there, we just don't let it in. When we take the time to focus our whole self on art in the desert we begin by focusing on understanding the desert itself, and slowly we realize that there is no "nothing". This process is tremendously slow. Only as we spend more time in the desert to we become less numb to the experience, and as we experience the desert more and more our art becomes more responsive to it.
I describe this process as becoming or merging with the desert. It would be truly difficult and highly demanding to complete this process, and our twelve day trip was but a short initial exposure. Even still, by being introduced to and then understanding this sort of assimilation we can begin to apply it to other environments: forests, plains, farms, cities, even the cosmos beyond our pale blue dot.