Clipperton Project Sets Sail


I recently posted a photo essay of a great adventure that I was lucky enough to take part in.  "The Clipperton Project" was a team of artists, scientists, and watermen/women from many different countries. We set sail from La Paz Mexico to sail over 1,000 miles south to the remote island called Clipperton Atoll. Read here for details on the voyage  on the website fecalface.com

Moein Show, Laguna Beach CA


MoeinShowI'll have some work hanging down in Laguna Beach til mid October, if you are in the Southern California area, please stop by.  Moein is by appointment only so please call the above number if you would like to view the work.  

Pangea Seed Show Honolulu HI


Arts_at_Marks_Event_Flyer_smallI'm happy to be a part of another Pangea Seed art show happening in Hawaii.  I made a custom frame for the painting I was asked to create for them, showing a selection of endangered sharks. The folks with Pangea Seed are planning on releasing a print of this work this fall, but the original is still available for sale, with much of the profit going to shark conservation. Below is the work, please contact Pangea Seed if interested in purchasing or stop by the show if you are on Oahu. MM (1)  
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Wavetank is finally done!


Animation For years I have had this crazy side-project to create a small wood and glass tank in which a person could create a tiny A-frame wave. It may not be perfect, but its still pretty fun to mess around with. 20130807_006320130807_0083 IMG_1729 The slope of the tank was built up by clamping dozens of cut pieces of ply wood, piece by piece until the length was made. Then I sanded for months until the angle and bottom contours I hoped for was finally accomplished. IMG_1761 IMG_2229 Testing, pre-legs20130807_0102 Along the backside of the tank is this wooden inlay that I made to simulate a cut-away of a volcanic island. IMG_1813 IMG_2254 IMG_2466 IMG_2481 IMG_2519
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Weird Season: Bristol Bay Fishing Report


RourkeEliWell it was a bit of a strange season for salmon fishermen in Bristol Bay this year.  For a variety of reasons, the run came early, which led to some good early June fishing for the crews that were wise enough to start during free week.  It is possible a number of fish made it upriver before the fish counters were even in place, but by July 4th  escapement goals were technically not being met in the Naknek river so they held us Kvichak river fishermen back for a full 6 days until it was met. For those of you that don't know the lingo, "escapement" is the number of fish that Alaska Fish and Game requires make it upriver to ensure healthy runs for the future. Escapement for the Kvichak was 2 million this year. img120 img119 By the time we were fishing again the drifters had cleaned up most of the bay of the remaining big groups of fish, so it was scratch fishing from then on out. But even with low catch numbers the season was sort of saved by a 50 cent per lb. price increase, the biggest increase in a long, long time. But hey "that's why they call it fishing" is something that people seem to say for no reason, so despite it all Graveyard was as lively as ever and many good times were had. netimg114 img111 photo (24) img118 A fisherman from a small village up the Kvichak brought a litter of puppies to Graveyard this year. Of course many of us were suckers and started feeding the little wandering warriors. img137 photo (21) photo (20) It seemed like I made a big mistake when I first got her, we were fishing long hours at the time and I had to try to keep her quiet while my crewmates were sleeping. But soon after they shut us down, so there was plenty of time for puppy attention pupp photo (19) Nakeen the pup came out fishing towards the end of the season, she fell in the bay and then I fell in trying to grab her. Here we are drying off in the 11pm sunset webchad I brought up some flash bulbs from the 50's that my grandfather had passed on to me, hooked it up to my 35 mm and gave it a shot during the few night tides we had. Unfortunately that damn puppy chewed the one part of the bulb box with the chart on it, so I was kinda winging it. I only had a handful of bulbs to try, but here are some of the results. img142 Tricky gauging distance on drifting boats at night. blured web1 I'll have to track down some more bulbs and give it a shot again next year, its fun blinding friends. img129 img122 img132At the very end of the season we made our annual exploration at hightide, this year returning to Nakeen, an abandoned cannery upriver, which I had not been to for a few years. Its the same place I got some old salmon boxes years ago, which then turned into paintings. Anyways, thanks for reading, time to get back to the studio life, technology, microwaves, and all that.  

Personal Container Management


Came across these amazing shots from the 80's on an interesting site called http://www.bricoleurbanism.org/ You could be forgiven for thinking these are clever examples of Photoshop par excellence – but they’re not. They were published in the Nautical Institute’s “Seaways” magazine in January 2006 with the following caption:
“‘These remarkable photos were taken in the 1980s, when a liner company called Unicom operated a service to Moroni, Comoros Islands. At the time, this was the only means of getting the containers ashore.”
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New collaborative Zine with Ryan Beavers


Just released a new zine with my pal Ryan Beavers, its a double sided deal with each of us taking a half and meeting in the middle. These are all signed, an edition of 100.   You can pick up a copy at these fine establishments: highinthebay.com if you want it shipped to you, at RVCA on Haight street if you are in San Francisco, or at Oakland Surf Club in the East Bay.
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Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli


The next of the Clipperton Project's art events will be kicking off this thursday Feb 21st in Mexico City at the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli. Check here for info on the event. Shown here is the painting I just finished and sent down for the show. ("The Albatross and the Container" Ink on Paper 45x45", 2013) The show will be up through May and includes some great work from some of the talented participants that joined on our journey to Clipperton Atoll last spring.