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Exhibitions

Mixed Signals
Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz
16 January 2003
Group Show
A long-running exhibition featuring five mixed-media assemblage sculptures at a Santa Cruz gallery and sculpture garden, including Murder Mystery, Long Time, and Sanctuary for Burnt Wood.
 
Ars Felix Externus
Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz
12 July 2002
Group Show
A long-running exhibition featuring 8 recent outdoor and indoor interactive metal sculptures at a Santa Cruz gallery and sculpture garden, including prayer machines I, II, and III.
 
Members Only
Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz
March 2002
Group Show
Exhibition featuring one new piece. The show is open to members of the Art League and judged by popular vote.
 
Recent Works
What Is Art? Gallery, Santa Cruz
March 1999
Solo Show
Exhibition featuring new sculptural and assemblage works in the gallery of the long-running collective art space What is Art?
 
Exemplary Contemporary
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz
November 1997
Group Show
A juried group show at one of UCSC's two main galleries, the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery featuring contemporary art and collections of historic interest. The annual exhibit, "Exemplary Contemporary", is a competition open to Northern California artists and UC students and alumni.
 
Recent Works
Retro Gallery, Santa Cruz
June 1995
Solo Show
An exhibition of recent works, including a variety of lamps made from old irons and toasters, at a small local gallery.
 

Commissions

The Absolverator
Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz
event: Zinfandel Festivel, San Francisco
January 2006
Commission
The Absolverator is a complex machine for automating absolution. One reports one's sins into a telephone, dials in the type of sin and the degree, then presses the Absolve button to print out a personal absolution while the machine chugs and lights flash.
 
La Sommelier
Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz
event: Day of the Doon III
June 2005
Commission
A metal assemblage sculpture made on-site during the event incorporating donated corkscrews, propane tank, scrap sheetmetal, and a 50s toaster. Le Sommelier is a robotic wine steward, de-corking bottles with his bat utility belt of cork openers.
 
The Death of Cork
Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz
2 October 2002
Commission
A skeleton sculpture made completely of cork commissioned for Bonny Doon Vineyard for a press event at Grand Central Station in New York City and in San Francisco eulogizing the Death of the Cork.
 

Associations

Last Night DIY Parade
Santa Cruz, California
October 2005 to Present
Un-Organizer
One of many un-organizers of the Last Night DIY Parade, a do-it-yourself, decentralized, collective, spontaneous, open, public New Year's Eve celebration in Santa Cruz, California.
 
Guerilla Drive-In
Santa Cruz, California
March 2002 to Present
Collective Member
Collective member of Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In, an outdoor movie theatre under the stars that springs up unexpectedly in the fields and industrial wastelands. Beyond showing great movies and bringing a broad community together, part of our mission is helping reclaim public space and transforming our urban environment into the joyful playground it should be.
 
Free Skool Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
April 2004 to Present
Collective Member and Teacher
Collective member and teacher of Free Skool Santa Cruz, a completely grassroots effort, a bunch of individuals deciding to act collectively and autonomously to create a skill-sharing network, a school without institutional control. It is an attempt to de-school ourselves and to learn from one another the skills necessary to transform society and challenge oppressive systems.
 
International Sculpture Center
Hamilton, New Jersey
September 2001 to September 2004
Member
Member of International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture Magazine, a publication of contemporary sculpture, and resource and education center for artists.
 
Santa Cruz Art League
Santa Cruz, California
September 2001 to September 2004
Member
Member of Santa Cruz Art League, an art collective and gallery focusing on contemporary works by Santa Cruz and California artists.
 
Central Coast Public Radio KUSP
Santa Cruz, California
July 2001 to September 2005
Board Member, Producer
Member of Board of Directors of Central Coast Public Radio KUSP. Producer and host of Night Ride, a weekly radio show, an aural collage of story and music on KUSP.
 
The Big Yellow House
Santa Cruz, California
September 1997 to August 2002
Founding Member
Founding member of the Big Yellow House, a long-running art and food cooperative. Sponsors of the Million Clown March.
 
What Is Art?
Santa Cruz, California
October 1998 to February 2000
Collective Member
Collective member of What is Art?, a Santa Cruz collective art and performance space.
 
The Spoon Writers' Group
Bloomington, Indiana
March 1996 to March 2000
Founder and Director
Founder and director of The Spoon, an international writer's group with 400 members worldwide focused on storytelling.
 

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