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California Dreaming

Over a 1300 mile+ drive, my darling and I explored northern California. Neil, if you’re reading this, I apologize for not being able to visit due to time constraints.

We started in Sacramento, then attended a memorial service in McArthur, way up north.

We drove down to Eureka, then on to Ft. Bragg, then San Fransisco and back to Sacramento.

I finally got to try an In and Out burger, animal style. So good! And look at that address! We also had Jack in the Box tacos, and the best corned beef hash I’ve ever eaten. Also, some of the best Chinese I’ve ever eaten. There’s some good food in California. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Fort Bragg is famous for its glass beach, from when they used to dump their garbage in the ocean and the ocean would return smooth glass bits. The beach has been picked clean, mostly, but we found this. We left it there, too. There was also tide pools, and I made some interesting recordings which will appear in future S.Ex exercises.

As we drove along the Trinity river, we encountered this fire, and watched helicopters air life water from the river. It was hazy almost everywhere we went, and we could see the Dixie fire blazing away from the airplane.

We spent two days around the redwoods. It was peaceful and still in there – no bugs, no sounds. These trees are some of the oldest living things on earth.

It was chilly! A very refreshing break from the Baltimore heat.

And we saw a lot of interesting things along the way.

Someone finally scored a pair of Fluevogs.

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777

I’ve been saving this post to tell my story (such as it is).

But, for now, I think I’ll say that I prefer being sober. I’m grateful for this life, and the presence of mind to enjoy it.

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Young Blood

Young Blood banner, Maryland Art Place

The irony of the title isn’t lost on me, but I’m so grateful to have been included in the exhibition. I loved doing my graduate show online – it made sense, since that’s really how it all started for me. But there’s something delightful about an in-person event.

My 3D prints are in the show, as well as The Benefits of Radiation. I made a zine for the show, too!

Here’s the deets, from MAP’s website.

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce the return of Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 12th Young Blood program which has, to date,  provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood took a brief hiatus due to the pandemic last year. As result  exhibting artists have graduated from their MFA programs in 2020, in addition to current MFA candidates (2021) were invited to participate. 

Brandon Ables | UMBC 

Jason Charney | UMBC 

Elijah Davis | UMBC

Jim Doran |  Towson University 

Brianna Doyle | Towson University 

Tinglan Huang | MICA 

Yifan Luo | MICA

Noah McWilliams | UMD

McKinley Wallace | MICA 

You Wu | Towson University

The exhibition will be on view Thursday, July 15 – Saturday, August 21. A physical opening reception will be held at Maryland Art Place (MAP) located at 218 West Saratoga St. Baltimore, MD 20201 on Thursday, July 15 between the hours of 6 and pm.

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In Plain Sight(site)

Fourteen artists conjur portals to other realities in an interdimensional train station. Part two of a short-run performance series, In Plain Sight(site), at Le Mondo.

From the Le Mondo Website:

Time & Location

May 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDTBaltimore, 406 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

About The Event

The veils between worlds are thin and we can easily slip through.

Last November, we found a trove of abandoned traveling trunks. Delivered from where? From who? Going where? When? Impossible thoughts filled our heads.

From these trunks, we asked ten artists to conjur portals to other realities

In part two of In Plain Sight(site), fourteen artists continue this exploration of doorways to other realities.  Shape-shifting between times and dimensions, these artists conjure visions that question our sight, embody the present impossible, and transport us into the unknown.

Join us on Saturday, May 22, 7PM – 9PM for a second night of performance and installation art.

Featuring

Bashi Rose, Michele Blu, Sun English Jr, Katie Macyshyn, Carly J Bales, Laure Drogoul, Joe Meduza, Sifu Sun, Lynn Hunter, Kelley Bell, Melissa Penley Cormier, Beth Yashnyk, Jim Doran, and Jenny O’Grady.

How to Participate

Sign up for a slot at 7PM or 7:45PM below. Slots are limited! During each time slot, small masked groups will be led throughout the performance and installations in the space. Tickets are $10. Performance times are approximately 45 minutes total. You’ll find us at 406 North Howard Street in the Bromo Arts District downtown. 

As always, if finances are a challenge, please contact us here to join! No one is turned away. 

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Found & Chosen: Letters

Following up on my previous Found & Chosen post, I found these letters over the course of several days’ walking. I’ve deducted that these were thrown away by contractors renovating an old house, and they must have blown out of a dumpster. I’ve obscured the corresponder’s names.

A todo list
The Back of a todo list

These scraps stirred my imagination, and I toyed with scripting them into an animation – both, literally read, and loosely based upon the content of these papers. I didn’t get anywhere interesting, so I’ll shelve the idea for now. The actual papers went into a time capsule my girlfriend made to archive the pandemic time in our life.

I find the following letters very intriguing!

Water based ink from a fountain pen, inspirational quotes, and a lost tobacco pouch. Love AND Joy.

I learned this about the Hudson River State Hospital.

The Hudson River State Hospital, is a former New York state psychiatric hospital which operated from 1873 until its closure in the early 2000s. The campus is notable for its main building, known as a “Kirkbride,” which has been designated a National Historic Landmark due to its exemplary High Victorian Gothic architecture, the first use of that style for an American institutional building. It is located on US 9 on the Poughkeepsie-Hyde Park town line.
The entire facility was built over the last three decades of the 19th century, at great cost. Once complete, it would be used as intended for much of the first half of the next century. As psychiatry moved away from inpatient treatments, it began to decline in use until its closure at century’s end. Today, it is slowly deteriorating out of public view as it awaits reuse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_State_Hospital

There are fantastic photos of the hospital in various states of ruin – I’m not going to link to any sites, but a Google search will show wonderful photos.