This is by far the weirdest, and possibly the greatest, hot air ballon ever flown.
The city of Canberra Australia commissioned artist, Patricia Piccinini, to design it for their 2013 centenary celebrations. Reception was mixed of course, but what else would one expect when something this interesting is paid for with public funds.
Guy Reid made this beautiful short film about the emotional effect that astronauts experience while gazing at Earth from space. They describe it as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it, and enabled them to perceive it as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species.
The subtext of the film is based on the increasing need for humanity to adopt this planetary perspective so that we can react to the issues that threaten us as a species.
My friend, and fellow instructor at the Crucible, Ben Cowden is one of the current artists in residence at the San Francisco dump. The company that manages the dump has also managed the Recology program for many years and provides several local artists with 3 month residencies each year.
I’m looking forward to seeing his show at the end of the residency.
As an apology for not posting in a while, here are a couple of super close up views of a needle making its way through the groove of a record. The details are pretty amazing and communicate the shape of the sound waves that were recorded into the vinyl disc. I especially like how the groove’s shape changes so drastically from pass to pass in the second image. I wonder what is on the record.
In an unexpected sequence of events I recently decided to move Backbone into a larger, more convenient and overall better space. The Lost & Foundry is a building in West Oakland that is home to a few very talented and intelligent artists. The current roster includes Alan Rorie, Jeremy Mayer, Nemo Gould and the famous CTP.
Previously, I was invited to move into their last remaining available space, but the logistics were too complex and expensive at the time. However, Backbone has been growing and the need for a bigger space became necessary. Now I will be sharing our corner of L&F with Jeff Hantman and Matt Feeney.
I am very excited to be here, surrounded by good people and great work.