I have a new work over at the Next Gen Art Party. Special thanks to Chelsea Neman of Tappan Collective and Gabé of Unicef Next Gen. Join us on Saturday, February 28 at 800 MAIN, Venice, CA and support Unicef's Tap Project.
We've been having an amazing mixing session over at Figure 8 in New York with the genius engineer Phil Weinrobe. I can't wait to share these final mixes with you. Special thanks to Neve, UA, Empirical labs.
The ceremonial aspect of the work began at dusk with drummers hidden throughout the desert. The opening drummer and I called back and forth and as one of the children in the audience noted ‘The mountain talked back’. The echo was at least a whole second delay – and great participation of the landscape. When recording with drum group AFI in Cape Coast, Ghana in 2009, Kweku and I talked about how their elders used drums to communicate distances. Inspired by this ancient communication – I was excited to compose this drum performance for drummers scattered throughout the desert. Musician Seth Olinsky co-composed and lead the drumming. The night definitely aroused the senses, evoked an earthy celebration and left everyone with an imaginative story to walk away with.
Poet Dot Devota and resident artist and musician Jeremy Thompson concluded the ceremony with me by scooping water via earthen and brass bowls and pouring onto the desert’s well known Creosote plant – so all audience members could be ignighted with the familiar Sonoran fragrance of the rain.
So excited to be included in the amazing Chelsea Neman curatorial over at the Soho House with other Tappan Collective artists. It will be up for a month - go check it out!!
So stoked to be the cover feature for the new La Motocyclette!!! Check out photos and a writing form my latest installation work, Under the Same Sun. Also amazing work by Monica Semergiu, Christina Rinaldi, Ashleigh Ide Yve Assad, Lanakila Macnaughton and Babes Ride Out. From the amazing Editor and Designer Lynda Lucas. Available at LACMA and MOCA Los Angeles.
New adobe studio in the Mojave Desert. Will be working on a new record over the summer and some new studio works.
Totem to those individuals who exemplify what Hunter S. Thompson was talking about when he spoke of ‘Mould Breaking Heroes; Living proof that the tyranny of the rat race is not yet final‘ . Inspired in part by an ex-San Francisco surfer who paddled around Kauai on a 9.0 surfboard, sleeps in a beach cave, and fishes his own food – and other like surfers and vanguards out there surfing/living for the love of life and true hedonic spirit.
It is completely my intention to directly participate in this philosophy, intently promote a freerider culture and illuminate that which already celebrates life beyond boundaries and to forge new experiences with that which does and does not yet exist.
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Great show last week over at Joshua Tree Highlands Art Residency space. Very Excited to work on some very large and very small stone works as well as the debut of the first piece in my primitive lighting series. The clay was dug at an archeological site in Pennsylvania. It is over a million years old. I fired it using a hand dug pit fire as our ancestors have done in the past.