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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

October 2016 Black Light Show Mushroom Installation at Studio 23

I created this hand painted print for the Studio 23 Black Light Show the previous year. It was inspired by real bio luminescent mushrooms that I observed at the SF Academy of Sciences Color Exhibit. Each print was hand painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. My goal was to make an image that looked good in all three types of lighting - natural, black light and darkness.

natural light view

black light view

I decided to go into three dimensions with glow-in-the-dark terrariums. I created eight of varying sizes, with different kinds of moss, pebbles and glowing mushrooms.

prepping the mushrooms

The mushroom terrariums in the black light installation room:

We also installed a large sheet of paper which we titled "The Bio Lumina Doodle Board." People of all ages participated in decorating the board with glow-in-the-dark pens and paint. Here is a short video to give you an idea of the variety of fun sketches and doodles (lots of Pokemon characters here!):

Thanks to Wesley and Jessica Warren for allowing me to create this installation in their studio. It was an interesting and fun experiment. There were some things I would do differently, such as preparing more art for the wall, but overall I thought it was a success and I hope to do another installation sometime in the next two years or so.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Burning Man Photo Update

It's been several months since I've written in this blog, so I'm going to post a few entries in the next few weeks and hopefully catch up! I was unable to attend the 2016 Burning Man event itself due to work and financial constraints, but thankfully, there are many good online sites that contain pictures. I am going to post a few images and two links here so you can get an idea of the fantastic work Raven Ebner and the others completed to bring some magic to the Playa.

This first link is The Burning Man Journal, text and images by Shalaco. It shows the beginning stages of the project and a nice wide shot of the lighthouses. Here you can get a good idea of the size proportions:

The Senectus (old age) interior, where my Home/nest piece can be seen hanging just underneath the lower main branch on the left side:

Another good source of images is the Black Rock Lighthouse Service Facebook page.  Here you will find pictures of the lighthouses from the beginning building stages to the final burning.

A few noteworthy pics:

photo by Peter Ruprecht

photo by Galen Oakes

photo by Joe Sale

photo by Jesse Rather

Photo by Keith William Trader