project progress

nancy-signSURFIN’ F-L-A Nancy, the sailboard I reclaimed on garbage day, has been reborn as the Altered State sign for the show! Look for this as you round the corner of the Big Orange Building on Mills (ViMi district).

We’ve been getting some questions regarding the show, so I came up with a brief synopsis of our intentions:

ALTERED STATE is the place where over-development, nature, society and creativity collide. It is a ONE NIGHT ONLY installation which features a forest of lily pad roots, a clown’s shanty home, a magically surreal painting showing man and nature together (and includes a PINK Florida panther), photography from the Central Florida region, light-projected art, the biggest cockroach you’ve ever seen, a live DJ (with possible guest DJ) and more!

$5 gets you in, there will be FREE wine (for as long as it lasts) because what’s an art opening without adult beverages? This show is not sponsored by any company or organization outside of the artists* and your support for this event is appreciated and will help in future endeavors.

*I would like to give special mention to Julio at Say It Loud for his assistance and use of the space.


The posters arrived! Aside from a few details, I like how they turned out. Considering that I don’t remember much about designing these materials, due to other stuff going on at the same time, I think they’ll serve their purpose. There was a poster taped to the outside of the shipping box, and I like how it got all scuffed up.


They say you gotta suffer for your art and it’s TRUE! Look at the cuts and contusions on my poor mitts. Plus the wire I am using is coated with grease which doesn’t wash off easy. My finger tips are also very sore from twisting wire and stitching pieces together (but you can’t see that). This cockroach is turning into a real labor of love.


Finally, I wanted to share a peek of Paintergirl contemplating the sign for the show. It’s just masked-off now, but will be spray-painted soon.


Patti recently finished putting together the 11 foot paper lanterns and did some tests with lighting them. Although the purple lights probably won’t be used in the finals, they are beautiful nonetheless. The results are here to see for yourself.


I spent some more time covering my palmetto bug frame with chicken wire and attaching the interior lights. My arms look like I tried to give the cat a bath or have a serious drug habit–and I was wearing gloves too! Hopefully my wounds will heal up a little before I have to finish up this bit. I am not looking forward to sticking my hands into that razor wire again. The work went a little easier thanks to the portable record player I brought out to the carport. A little English Beat and Dylan and vinyl made the time go quickly.


With all this work it is hard to believe this show will be up for one night only. Not sure what the other artists have in mind if they have to take their pieces home, but what are we going to do with 36 11-foot lanterns and an eight-foot cockroach?


Linda’s inspiration and objects to be included in her installation. I don’t know about you but I really like the Swingin’ Dancers album cover and the coffee mug. I cannot wait!!

spent part of this weekend preparing my piece for the show. some time ago i made a drunken promise to my wife that if she ever got a show together, and could find a reason for it, that i would create a giant cockroach sculpture for it. how? i had no idea. i remember assuring her that it would be easy. it’s not easy though. i hung some tarps up in the carport and now we have an instant studio, with flapping walls. below are a couple of snaps showing the work in progress.

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Finally finished the design for postcards and posters to promote the upcoming show. Here are some peeks at the artwork, which also includes some event details. Below is the front and back of the postcards.

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So I had a little snag with how I was going to attach the lanterns to each other. First thought was to use twist ties. Ran out of all white ones. Then I was given some red ones. Spray painted those. They look really pretty, but I’m not keen on them. Joseph suggested cable ties that we had in a bin in the utility room. LOVE the cable ties. Now I ran out. Off to Lowe’s again. I have 14 more lanterns to piece together and I still want to get some extra bendy ones at IKEA that Linda discovered.

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