Initial design ideas for RLTP’s Water by the Spoonful are underway. Inspired by the minimalist work of Appia and Meilziner, and the geometry of modern architectural gardens, I’m exploring the worlds of evocative spaces that serve multi-functions. All amidst a contemplative week of death and birth(days). Enjoying the quiet of woods, despite the frigid cold, it’s a chance to celebrate life.
Last weekend, in between paint calls and prepping for a new semester of teaching, I was able to tour Storehouse, presented by Torn Space. Billed as a site-specific spectacle, it did not disappoint as an immersive theatrical experience. Guided through what felt like post-apocalyptic vignettes in an abandoned factory, and dilapidated rooms transformed into poetic and futuristic snapshots, Silo City once again came to life thanks to artistic intervention. Kudos to my love and friends for transporting us all on a journey through dirt and grime turned evocative and grotesquely beautiful.
Post USITT wrap up::: Insightful sessions on sustainability practices, greener theatre, opera management, upcoming Prague Quadrennial, electricity in a new age of LEDs, 3D printing safety and how lighting can effect your health. Inspirational words from Boris Kudlicka, Ann Roth, Eugene Lee and the always witty Richard Pilbrow. Tex-Mex and margaritas. Source 4 LED color mixing. Current students and current alumni. A broadway review. The Kimball Art Museum. A rodeo. Not a bad week in Fort Worth.
Continuously encountering a duality. Or perhaps I’m forever on the lookout for a duality. Artistic endeavors fueled by skewed mirror images. Power and Poetry. Architectural and Organic. Industry and Nature.
So inspiring is the green outdoors. Finally the weather has broken to allow another season of beautiful sunshine. A week on the road spent caring for my grandmother, tending to some dancers and spending time with family still allowed for a couple of wanderings into the woods to commune with the trees, find a mini [Niagara] waterfall, and a sun dial buried in the forest.
Summer projects are ongoing. My creative soul is soaking up the sunshine.
Project MIST has taken many forms in the last couple years, forever evolving and moving toward a bigger whole. Like the waters of Niagara, it ebbs and flows through various incarnations. Currently I am helping LK in the design and creation of a living museum prototype, or as we affectionately call it, the mist lab. It will be a sculpture where we can test the effects of light and video onto mist. Incorporating sustainable power via solar panels and batteries; and building a base out of reclaimed wood, we are fabricating an eco-friendly experimentation and an evocative environment. Power & Poetry, meet No Tether.
I just returned home from an almost two-week jaunt to the south and the mid-west. Occasionally I freelance with an AV production company; last week’s trip to the South was for a US Chambers Convention in Orlando. Almost all of my five days was spent setting up lighting in one of several ballrooms. Following strike I hopped a plane to Chicago and (barely) caught a train to Milwaukee to meet my colleagues and students for a week in Milwaukee to attend the USITT National Conference. Workshop highlights include: ‘Wireless Light and Motion for Propsmasters’ (featuring the RC4 Wireless unit), ‘Reimagining Theatre with Green Ideals’, ‘Grave Matters’ (the creation of death and gore props), and an ‘Arduino Super Session’. Out on the floor I spoke with the Broadway Green Alliance about how to incorporate more “Green” into everyday theatre practices. (More to come on implementation of these into our paint shop.) There was an amazing display of the life’s work of Desmond Heeley, and it was a privilege to hear him speak at the ‘Distinguished Award Winners in Conversation’.
All in all, an excellent excursion. Inspiring to see the level of design and innovation around the country, and internationally. Inspired to draw. Inspired to paint. Inspired to do.