Wes Modes is an artist and high-tech runaway. In various lives,
he is a sculptor, writer, performer, artist, and mischief-maker.
Modes is an eight-year Burning Man veteran and a founder of
Soulmate Trading Outlet in Black Rock City, an enterprise
that has brought hundreds of people together at
Modes has a irrepressible sense of adventure. He collects shiny
baubles, pieces of rusty junk he finds on his wanderings. He
freight trains and gets in trouble.
His favorite places are the Muni tunnels, the metal scrap heap
at the dump, the china basin wastelands, old military bases,
abandoned old houses, ancient antique stores, urban desolation,
the magic places where anything can happen.
Modes lives in Felton, a village in the hills above Santa Cruz,
California, in a little cabin he's been fixing up for years,
working in a converted travel trailer. He still does occasional
work in his former shop above the carriage house at the Big Yellow
House, a long-running art and food cooperative he founded in
He is a writer, a cook, a radio star. He works to spread
whimsy and irreverence. He schemes. He spraypaints subversive
messages on the sidewalks. He is a founder of The
Spoon, an international storyteller's group. He spins off
wildly impractical ideas and then does them.