A collaboration with Manuel Lima.
I experienced culture shock moving from Detroit to Los Angeles, more so than when we moved to Glasgow, Scotland. I found myself in a new routine with a full-time job and an hour and a half commute from Santa Clarita to Boyle Heights. I had less time to play around with art. I fantasized about the artwork I would make to help me deal with the difficulty of transitioning.
I handed off hours of footage to Manuel Lima, this is an excerpt.
''Please Turn Off Your Cellphone''
I was invited to create an exhibition for REDUX Contemporary in South Carolina. I unveiled a performance and a new mural which requires the audience to completely shut off their phones in order for the music to be heard. Many aspects of the work are either hidden or purposefully misleading. The mural itself will be up for one year, a musical score by Scottish composer Thom Norman. (We have collaborated before on the performance 'Equilibrium')
The lobby space has been altered into a monochromatic intervention using the same color as the mural. REDUX serves as a hub to the community oriented art scene of Charleston. By altering the advertisments in the lobby the events around town appear as a collective whole where artists are making Charleston a more interesting place.
A mashup of the words, brick and pixel, "Brixels" originated as an exploration of participation within public art. The website MakeBrixels.com was co-created with Dan Marchwinsky to assist in generating designs and to allow others to access the patterns. Brixels are an instantaneous, interactive paint-by-numbers kind of activity for an existing community that seeks an accessible way to reclaim ownership of a space. By calling attention to the bricks that make up the walls rather than utilizing the whole wall as a 'blank canvas' it brought up communal conversations about permission, skill, and the relationship between branding and a sense of place.
The image above is a mural on Transmat in Detroit (The door is by the grafitti artist, Shades). Four Brixels were created as part of an original commission with Art X Detroit and three other murals have since been fostered by other groups. Although there may be many more out there as this project is an open framework that anyone can take on.