A print in which the high-tech industrial vertical gardening visions are questioned. Maybe such visions are viable — but what is the energy equation, where are the investment dollars, how does local zoning figure in, and how does such a massive shift to tech-heavy high-density living square with other much lower tech (and less costly) options for a transition to a more sustainable world? — … [Read more...] about Jack and the Beanstalk
This piece is on the role of urban agriculture in what is variously called anti-recidivism programs or restorative justice programs depending on the nature of the group providing the service. The point to it is that there are ways to help offenders and ex-offenders (and even those in personal prisons created by bad decisions but not necessarily incarcerated, or prisons of troubling situations … [Read more...] about Seeds that heal
Shrooms, man! This piece is on urban mushroom collection (foraging) and mushroom cultivation. The chapbook essay to come will include other key aspects of how mushrooms can help in cities, notably through pollution and toxic waste mitigation as well as water filtration, soil revitalization and other beneficial practices. For now it's back to the studio for my next piece which is on … [Read more...] about Urban agriculture mushrooming up everywhere
Who better to tell the story of pickling things than Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman, the pickle-happy characters played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on the hit IFC sketch comedy show Portlandia. So I sought and was granted permission* to use their iconic "We can pickle that," characters to make a piece for this art show. The truth was that in doing art about economy and … [Read more...] about We can pickle that!
NOTE: Work-in-Progress* Writing about goat mowers will probably be among my most favorite essays for the chapbook that will accompany this show. That's because the link between industrial-scale fossil fuel use and an overtaxed economy and environment are so painfully felt. And it's surprising sometimes that the answers to these predicaments will come less in terms of newfangled technologies but … [Read more...] about Goats on the green
NOTE: Work-in-Progress*. Bees are a passion of mine though I don't yet keep bees myself. I have, however, built a habitat garden for bees, butterflies, and birds in every place I've lived since I was 21. My hope is to reinvigorate bee populations, build respect for the selfless work bees do for us, and bring bees back into the sacred place of honor they once held in all human societies. This … [Read more...] about City bee keeping