Staged Narratives, Macro & Miniatures & Small Worlds
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East Jesus @ The Slabs
East Jesus is an experimental, sustainable and habitable art installation located in the Slab City area. There is no religious connotation in the name East Jesus – it is a colloquialism for a place in the middle of nowhere beyond the edge of service availability; the off-grid facility operates with no municipal utilities.
In early 2007, Charlie Russell left his job in the technology industry, packed all his belongings into a shipping container and sent it to a trash-strewn field where he began to surround his two art cars with sculptures that would become the foundation works of East Jesus. The Chasterus Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed after his death in 2011, has since guided the curation and expansion of East Jesus.
East Jesus sign
East Jesus is located in a former US military gunnery range. Notice that the letters, arrow and borders are made up of spent rifle shells. Very colorful!
This plane was at the Burning Man festival. It is a old Beech aircraft. Located right inside East Jesus Art Garden.
This yellow Caddy with flags is buried in the dirt in the East Jesus Art Garden.
Not only humorous, but really colorful fun.
This guy is huge! With a violin case for donations to the variety of parts that make up this colorful robot is pretty awesome.
Charles Russell’s (founder of East Jesus Art Garden) 1971 Volkswagen / Westfalia Campmobile. 2001-2010
Completely decorated and illuminated inside and out, this mobile bar/altar/temple/office/home.
Traveled the US extensively and has been lived in off and on since its creation.
Specializing in assemblage art, his red ‘71 Westie bedecked with roof-mounted photovoltaics is almost entirely decorated with waste items. It served not only as his bar, but also his home office, taking him across the country to job sites and personal adventures.
My favorite are the legs coming out of the bottom of the house. Oz?
Nothing Happens Here
Mishmash of found parts around East Jesus.
Oceanside & Carlsbad, CA
Small Worlds is an ongoing series of landscape images conceived as panoramas and realized as stereographic projections that meet, end to end, to make a whole “world ” — a slice of space and time. From a vantage point of a given landscape, I convey scale, juxtaposition, light and color to see a place from where I stand — and to be enveloped by it.
Incorporating math, nature, landscape, and human perception, Small Worlds allows me to skew and wrap the landscape into a circle that gives a sense of miniaturizing and humanizing the vastness of place and space at the ground level. Distractions, view-blocking, distance and other elements in a given landscape provide surprises and wonder in the final images. Fibonacci and the Golden Section can become obvious in the disconnect of spaces within some of these landscapes.
These Small World images are best viewed very large as there are fine details in each piece deserve a closer look.
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Palm Springs has an abundance of colorful doors. The Indian Canyon/Corridor neighborhoods have a great selection.
The doors, sculptures, inflatable, walkways and gates are iconic in the Indian Canyons Neighborhood of Palm Springs. “That Pink Door” is very famous on social media. The inflatables change frequently This is a fun image made out of 6 separate photographs.
Saguaro Hotel Splash House
The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs is one of the most colorful structure in the Coachella Valley. This image is made up of over 10 photographs during the “Splash House” party that goes on twice a year in our desert community. This photograph captures the unique perspective of the Hotel and surrounding palm trees.
Palm Springs Sign, Green Grass Heart
This iconic Palm Springs sign welcomes visitors before they go to the Visitor’s Center. This image, made up of about 10 photos, has the unexpected, but wonderful surprise of a “grass heart.” The Tram runs in the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance. This spot is a great place to stop and enjoy the views.
Salvation Mountain. Niland, CA.
Salvation Mountain was created by Leonard Knight. This image, “Love is Universal,” is created with about 10 photographs. To learn more see their website: http://www.salvationmountain.us/
Joshua Tree Rocks
High Line, Standard Hotel, Hudson River, NYC
The Standard Hotel busts the picture frame while the High Line is hiding below. The Hudson River, and a cluster of buildings fill out the frame. This is about 12 photos in one.
Bushwick, Brooklyn Rooftop with Manhattan Skyline
This image includes about 12 photographs. On top of a popular (for fashion shoots) Bushwick, Brooklyn building I captured the intense graffiti and structures on the building with the Manhattan skyline in the distance.
Miniatures & Cowboys
Toy soldiers, cowboys, plastic animals, plastic people, model railroads, dioramas.
Marx Cowboy Shooter
Marx Cowboy Shoot Right
Horse & Rider
Marx Cowboy Shot
Marx Cowboy Roper
Soldier Looking Up
ToyLand is a series of miniature figurines in various predicaments.
Graffiti in Palm Desert, CA, Brooklyn, NY and San Diego, CA
Yellows, Greens, Blues & Red
Graffiti Faces, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Graffiti color explosion, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Graffiti, Planes, Colors, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Roberta's Restaurant, Brooklyn
Filter Coffee, San Diego
This series, Heads, is based on local models matched with miniature plastic animal heads.
New England contractor with plastic buck head.
Orange jacket, raccoon cap, plastic hare head
Irish lad, green overalls, plastic seal head
Yogi Sheep Head
Yogi, green ball yarn, pose, plastic sheep head
The New York World’s Fair of 1964/1965 celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 22, 2014. The theme of the Fair was “Peace Through Understanding,” dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” In this body of work Taylor creates a Fair that could have existed by creating and photographing dioramas and miniatures using toys and objects that time period and that relate to fair themes.
The memorable icons that Taylor remembers seeing and experiencing at the Fair include the Unisphere, UniRoyal Tire’s gondolas, the Antique Car Ride and the Bel-Gem waffles. In this series of images Taylor explores some other ideas of rides and attractions that would never have passed muster in the dusty, smoke-filled Fair Committee rooms of the late 1950’s and early 60’s.
Inifinity Town is based around figure-8 railroad tracks. The residents and creatures are stuck here. They do their best to live in this strange town but sometimes it can get a little dicey. The Town has it all: A church that performs gay weddings, a polluted lake, a mountain overlook, a graveyard with giant squirrels, a toxic dump, decommissioned gas station, trailer parks, a broken train car sculpture park, and of course, trains. The only way anyone has left Infinity Town was by the last Shuttle.
CAUTION: Some inanimate, plastic figurine "adult" content.
Based on the TV show "Breaking Bad," these locals are dumping toxic waste near the train tracks at the far end of Infinity Town.
CandyLand is a place of colorful, sweet and delicious confections. Minesweeping Candydrops, Gumdrop Painter, Ribbon Candy Chef, Gigantic Lollipop and Neccos are just some of the sweet photographs in the portfolio.