I’ve been having a great time getting ready for my Photo Flight Frame Installation [we have a TITLE at last!] at the Sunstock Solar Festival, Saturday, June 18th, at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
The festival is 100% solar powered by 5 solar trailers. Team PFF (Photo Flight Frames) has set out to create an art installation to showcase and engage festival goers with one of the trailers! Rachel Oto, Ben Koffman, and I have the ball rolling.
As far as blogging my process, I’ll start from the beginning-ish with my pitch to Sunstock, and then move toward the present:
From conception, the installation was to focus on inviting people to engage with 6′ x 3′ frames organized to create 360 degrees of art. I planned for some of the frames to have illuminated portraits of people who I find empowering and enlightened. I imagined actual eco-light bulbs glowing above their heads. Other frames would have space for people to write and draw pictures.
The frames have a lot of negative space, so the solar trailer functions as a part of the art in a few ways (power source and sculpture), and different frames are visible through one another. A field of photo frames. [Photo means light!]
I met with Ben again, just briefly, and we set up a time to actually buy the wood and drill the holes. It’s so wonderful to work with a team.
In the following days I brainstormed and nailed down ideas both big and small. From concept articulation to budget delineation, to drawings…lots of drawings. The plan progressed:
As scheduled, I showed up at Ben’s warehouse at 11AM on Friday and we did some math, took a field trip to buy some beams and a wood sheet, and some coffee, then got to work.
I sometimes referred to my notes, but mostly they were in my head and between my head and Ben’s as we moved forward. Lots of math. Measuring. Pencil lines and saw dust.
Ben masterminded the construction. I did some drilling. This woodshoping reminds me of my dad. All of his tools. He’d have the right drill bit or screw driver head somewhere whenever needed. It only came up sometimes, but he’d be ready. It’s like this other life he had without me, but that he kept in drawers around the house and in meticulous shelving in the part of the garage I never explored [until now]. I know he built these cabinets that were under my parents’ loft bed when I was a kid. I remember him mostly fixing, not building. Anyhow, this was really great.
Once we built the frames, Ben and I split off into different worlds of creation. He constructed found-walls onto the frames.
With a whole lot left to do, and at the end of the day, we set up a prototype with hinges and lights:
I took an Instagram video of a final walk through before saying good bye. The frames will live at Ben’s studio. I’ll get to visit them and work on them soon. I’m going to paint on material I can attach to the frames later.
Here’s a video of some more evidence from this process. Some pics are from my phone, some from my computer (when my phone was snubbing me) etc. I cut out windows in the Photo Flight Frames, and in other places that looked like they needed some air.
Here’s the update I sent Sunstock:
Rachel is back from tour and so full of ideas! She’s making these incredible butterflies for the installation. Here’s a mock up she did with some of my art in the wings! She even thought of coloring-book butterflies! Brilliant!
Sunstock Solar Festival – LA’s very own, very first 100% solar-powered, non-profit music / arts festival!!bit.ly/SunstockTix
Food trucks & vendors // Lights, Art, & Games
ALL AGES EVENT // bar for 21+ w/ ID
Parking: Free // FREE BIKE VALET
Supporting the work of our great partners:
Sierra Club // GRID Alternatives // Food & Water Watch // SoCal 350 Climate Action // Courage Campaign // Climate Hawks Vote // EastSide Sol// Climate Resolve
All this for $20.00 at SunstockSolarFestival.com
Thank many thanks to Eleanore, Sasha, and Alexandra for this opportunity to create and collaborate and share!
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