Installation Proposal

My project will use children toys. I have a varied collection of toys/characters/figures/animals/cars. I want to set up different groups of them on my high school campus. The scenes will be based on real life scenarios and/or may be based on famous scenes throughout history.

I have a few areas on campus which will be used.. they have maximum traffic and the installation will be seen by many. The main area will be on the front steps of the Art Building and surrounding courtyard.

I will not need any technology since these will all be set up using things I already have.

Some problems I expect to face is finding the right figures that fit with the scene I am trying to create.  I also expect teens students messing with them as they walk by.

I will take shots of each scene and possibly get some video footage of reactions from the students.IMG_3284.JPG


the WEEK of the GIF

I have yet to really explore the GIF options. I am finding as I get deeper and deeper into this class, I’m not really enjoying the digital revolution!  I am behind on all projects and spending time in front of a screen isn’t exactly a top priority. Being an art major I recognize the value and benefits in using digital art programs to enhance and manipulate artwork. To me the hands on making of art is where I feel most comfortable and in control. I have been dreading the eventual deadlines of these projects and find myself falling further behind… Time to rally me thinks!

Jenny Holzer



Holzer began working in New York City in the late 70’s after obtaining her MFA from RISD in 1975. She resides in upstate New York but has an active studio and is still working in NYC.

She uses words and ideas in public space. These can be in the form of posters and billboards, or projected text on facades of buildings and other architectural structures and illuminated signs.

Her subject matter has stayed constant over the years which has been simple text. She displays words and ideas which done in public spaces, creates powerful commentary on relevant subjects of the day.

For 7 World Trade


Digital Projection

This is a love letter to NYC that scrolls across the lobby of 7 World Trade. It is 14′ high and 64′ wide. It is a continuing stream of poetry and prose written by dozens of different authors, from Elizabeth Bishop and Allen Ginsberg to Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. It moves along a screen made of acid-etched, diffused, translucent glass illuminated by whitish light.

This piece is a very emotional since it is at the heart of the 911 site. It is uplifting for the site and lets the viewer feel what it is like being a resident of NYC. The text takes at least 8hours to scroll all the way through.




LED Column

Four-sided LED column senses the presence of people in the gallery and moves in response. Text from declassified and other sensitive US documents is programmed on each of the column’s sides, including text drawn from censored U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Reports detailing the investigation into Afghan soldier Jamal Naseer’s death whilst in US custody.


Here is a link to the gallery-


This is a good clip about her working with de-classified letters and such. I especially like the screen prints she creates from such text.



Experiencing the “Art” of disappointment

I was frustrated that I rushed down to see the Art Hotel on Thursday afternoon and was denied.

I was more excited to zip over to the Crocker to see sculptures by Ai Weiwei.

Going to the Crocker was an unexpected treat since I wasn’t planning on it and Ai Weiwei was available to see… for FREE!

Overall, it felt like a waist of time since I had to zip back to Sierra but I did manage to see the Jessamyn Lovell show at the Ridley Gallery as well.

The Chinese Zodiac Sculptures by Ai Weiwei were definitely my fave of the day. The size of them and the detail were very impressive. I had not experienced seeing any art by him so it felt special to finally do so.

The works at the Ridley Gallery were really different but just as powerful. The artist had documented her family in photos and it was a moving set of pictures.

12633686_553480544802099_1902327459626873210_oWhile this art experience wasn’t earth shattering, it did made me think of a few things about some projects I might do in the future. Specifically, documenting my life/family in our daily routines.

The whole Art Hotel hype has left a bad taste in my mouth. I was intrigued and excited about going at first. It became the event of the week and got so hyped up that you had to get there way early to even get a chance to get in. Having heard now that it wasn’t all that makes me laugh a little because so many people though it was “the” event of a lifetime. Maybe I’m just bitter that I didn’t get in or that filling up a 5 story hotel with crap makes it art? It’s funny how this event was all over social media and people just ate it up! The wait times became long and getting tickets was near impossible. While I did hear there was some cool stuff in there, some of it was crap. Just because you have a chance to fill up a space with junk, might make it “art” but it isn’t necessarily good art.

Portrait Inspirations


Being a kid from the 70’s and 80’s, Space Invaders was one of the first video games I knew about. Fast forward to today, being familiar with street art, the work of Space Invader (the artist) is reminiscent of that time. Simple 8bit graphics from that era are pleasing to me.

It relates somewhat with what I do artistically

I have never used it in my work

There are free tutorials here-

Another huge influence would be Shepard Fairey. He is one of my top 10 fave artists. The work he has produced over the last 20 years is an inspiration.  I like the portraits in that hey use minimal colors and are stencil like. I personally own two of the prints shown above.

I do a lot of stencil work and love the style.

Here is a tutorial I found on this paticular style–vector-17


Andy Warhol is another fave artist who is a big inspiration to me. I have even been to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg PA. I enjoy his unique portraits of celebrities with all the colors and such.

the R.E.D.

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  They call me the Red. It was on that faithful day in 1979 in 7th grade, someone said, “Lets go Red!” That was the beginning of the myth, the fucking legend! It has evolved into various forms such as Mr. Red, reddogg, red on the head, redman, or big red. My playa name at Burningman is redBone. My Mexican brethren call me rojo. If I was a rapper my name would be the Notorious R.E.D. I also sign all of my artwork RED.

  Being an art major, I have a lot of different interests. This class seems to be right up my alley. Using technology and combining it with art is something I like to do. Being an art teacher, keeping up on current trends in art and giving them back to my students is something I like to try and do. I decided to take this class because Natalie was willing to accommodate my situation and being that this isn’t the typical art class Sierra offers, I wanted to check it out.

  I want to be inspired to create art using technology. I have some ideas in using video and other programs but am willing to try “new” things that I may not be familiar with.

 My first “art experience” would probably be in my youth. Watching my dad paint motorcycle tanks. He did awesome tricked out paint jobs and I really thought he was the shizz. There have been other experiences. As his T.A. at UC Davis, I have watched Wayne Thiebauld paint ice cream cones. I was able to teach a few summer GATE classes that involved watching and working with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner and Rudy Audio at the Penryn workshop. The pinnacle of this experience was delivering the finished sculptures to the Voulkos studio and hanging out with him for the afternoon.

 I really like printmaking. Stencil work, Silk screen, lino and woodcuts are what I work in. I also like working with pen and ink and mixed media like collage. I do ceramics and sculpture too. I pretty much work all over the art map when I have time.

  I graduated from UC Davis as a double major in Art Studio and Art History. I have been teaching high school art for the last 17 years. I have taught video, computer art and animation. I currently teach Art 1 and Printmaking at Placer High School in Auburn, which is my alma mater. I try to do my own art but… time is my enemy! I am into street art and  graffiti. I love the late 80’s NYC school of Haring, Basquiat and Kruger, while also appreciate the classic periods of the past. I have been going to Burningman since 2001. I am a huge baseball fan and also like football and basketball. I have collections of comics, luchboxes and toys. Kinda geeky but in a good way. I am married with three children and when Im not teaching or at Sierra, I’m a meal provider/taxi and ATM machine.