Category Archives: thoughts

I just feel the need, every once and a while to look back on manias of the past. The end of the Mayan calander is one of many examples of irrational doomsaying that people actually have bothered to contemplate. That year was particularly rich in postponed apocalypses. Just google “end of the world 2012″ and [...]

Background Story

Space, the final frontier. At least, you can say that much of art and New York. There is never enough space to conceptualizer, make, and display art. Even in museums outside of New York, there are precious few locations that can accommodate more than a few large sculptures, let alone an awe inspiring behemoth such [...]

Girls and play with art work

User experience for art User testing is important for many products. Art just doesn’t strike me as one of those. So, it took an actual event to impart what logic should have made abundantly clear. The Maker Faire was the second time I exhibited Shrodinger to the public but the first time that I was [...]

Photographer's reflecting in artwork

Of all the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, one of the easiest to prepare for is the creation of your next project. Like every such event, you should have lots of pictures of the process and your only chance is now. After making the novice mistakes of relying on fuzzy photographs of a (temporarily) working circuit with an iPhone 2G and arranging for people to demonstrate a piece without taking lighting into account, I want to spare you the same agonies.

Is a nightmare. It was exciting to participate in CollisionCollective’s show, but even getting a 4x1x1 foot sculpture from New York to Boston is troublesome. Getting it back can be an even greater headache. Certainly, there have been many occasions where I have had to move my work. In school, space was not consistent. While [...]

Playing the MP3 Shield

I did something impulsive a week before Schrodinger was due to be dropped off for Collision 19. I was so dissatisfied with my fake cat for Schrodinger that I decided that, if it wasn’t going to move, then at least it should meow to claw its way to some minor degree of verisimilitude…and get a [...]

Wood chips pile up as I chisel away to create the grooves where the lighting circuitry for Schrodinger will be placed.

For the longest time, power tools scared me. I was accident prone with a hammer, the last thing I needed was to fall into a gyrating saw blade. So, it wasn’t until I took the graduate school equivalent of “shop class” that I learned the wonders of the drill press, the beauty of the band [...]

I have been struggling to write a statement to accompany a piece of art today. “Struggle” does not sufficiently express the angst wridden, hair tearing, wailing at the gates of inspiration I have performed in the last 24-hours. Right now, I am in the resigned phase where I have decided that my inability to write [...]

A dial for an old fashioned geiger counter.

I bought a geiger counter today. Surprisingly, I was terribly conflicted by this purchase. I was buying a geiger counter for an art piece. In my bootstraps-made-from-scratch mentality, to buy a fully constructed item for an art piece seems, in some way, “cheating.” This sent me down a spiral of conflicted meditation on the history [...]

I decided to remake my website when I realized how untenable maintaining it was…it was all hand coded with a minimal number of includes. The design was characteristic of my tastes three years ago and exhibited a degree of skill that I had far exceeded in the elapsed time. I have this thing…it’s called and [...]