This is the 'Frankenstein Biker Heart' an early
I built from an old projector box, and a couple of
This is an exact scale model of the San Francisco
Conservatory of Flowers. Built from blueprints
of the actual building, when I visited the site, and
got a rare tour inside, the manager cut me a bouquet
of rare endangered orchids in honor of my children.
(this is one of the storage
Three stills from 'The Illusion', a Fool's
Fury play I
designed and built the sets for. The columns are internally
lit lycra, and gave the set a cave-like atmosphere.
Another Fool's Fury
set, this time for 'Midnight Brainwash
Revival' an apocalyptic, millenial play on family and love. Here,
Hooch pontificates in front of his trailer. The number of varied
locations in the show required the use of digital projections of the
sets, augmented by moveable set pieces.
Another sculpture, 'Medikit', in a series of cases I've
built. The inspiration
is the random, amazing and inpenetrable objects that one finds (or I found)
in a grandmother's attic.
Years ago, someone gave me a dolphin spine. It sat
for months, but
I always knew what I wanted to build. And then, Voila! a perfect
stand for my Oxford English Dictionary.
An uncompleted costume for my character Shrinkulon, in
unproduced short film by my friend, Ruben O'Malley. He has animatronic
eyes and mouth, and wears big boots.
This is another sculputre. It resides in my parent's house. That's a casting of my face.
Another case, 'The Somnambulist's Travel Kit'.
Everything is built from scratch, and the book, handmade, was
kept as an active dream diary for 5 moths.
My replica of the gun on the cover of Frank Miller's epic
graphic novel 'Electra'.
This dude hangs in my kitchen, except that now he has
teeth, and carries a sword instead of a spoon. He's called
'The enemy of slumber' after a poem by Baudelaire.
When I worked in R&D for Zoob, I built a life sized
'Zoob Dude' for
their trade show booth at the international toyfair in '99. Made from
fiberglass, and painted by an autoshop, I built two.
Here is the Dude, in all his glory, at the International
The previous year, I participated in the 'Candy Store'
design for the same company.
2 pictures of 'Blendo' the now legendary robot built for
the '96 Robot Wars
competition. Twice awarded first place in lieu of final competition (insurance
reasons) I built, among other things, the R/C control systems. Blendo was
designed by Jamie Hyneman .
More boxes. 'The Evil Saxophone' above, has actually
lives already. I rebuilt it after 2 years, and put it into this case.
It also hangs in my kitchen.
What if Sears Roebuck had carried bionic eyes at the turn of the century?
In '98, I designed and marketed custom laptop covers for
the Powerbook 1400.
They looked as if a bullet had punctured the outer casing.
I was featured in Wired Magazine's Fetish column, and sold a whopping 35
units. Woo hoo!
3 stills from a set of replica diaramas I built for Galoob/Hasbro
They wanted their toys featured in settings from Star Wars Episode I. In
all 3 cases, I used techniques identical to those used to build the actual sets
in the film.
Everyone wants to look like ancient statuary right? all you have to do is
make a casting of yourself when you're 19. I did the casting myself using
dental alginate and plaster.
That's me wearing a 'Distortion Helmet'. One of a series
of sculptures I've done
that alter the way the wearer sees the world. It has the added advantage of making
the wearer's head the size of an orange.
Above is the final design of the Distortion helmet.
Welded and using bull clips to hold
the fresnel lens in place. I wore one of these to a halloween party once. Kept it on for
over 3 hours. I swear, it felt like I was on psychotropics.
You may think my kitchen's getting crowded, but it's big
enough. This guy,
the 'Kicking Body' actually stands alone, on one leg and one foot. but I don't
have enough floor space. Therefore, he hangs from the ceiling. I built him in
one inspired night from 1/8" steel wire and canvas.
I spent months scratchbuilding my own Blade Runner blaster,
(this was early
in my making of things, and before I had chanelled my laziness into faster
construction techniques) only to discover, when I held a casting of the original, that
mine was 20% too small.
Another scratchbuild, much later. Built in
2 days, from particle board and plastic
sheet, it's inspired by a drawing in a Japanese toy magazine.
The goal here, for the 'M1900 9-barrel...' was simply
build the most obscenely large rifle possible. The title alone
is 300 words long. This piece took 2nd place at the California
State fair a couple years ago.
Ahh, my toolboxes. Obsessed with working quickly,
years designing toolboxes with what I call 'First Order Retrievability'.
That is, that nothing need be moved out of the way to get to anything
else. Above is version 2.0. The Scissor lifts are so that, when seated,
I needn't lean over too far to get to the tool I need.
With 60 some-odd pounds of tools, the old leather of 2.0
eventually failed. I
Rebuild them completely from aluminum sheet. Version 3.0. Working all day and all night,
they were completed in 24 hours. But after 600 rivets, I found my hand unable
to hold a pencil the next morning.
While working in R&D for Zoob, the building toy, I
became a passionate amateur
geometer. Eventually building all of the Archimedian and Platonic polyhedra, some
over a dozen times, out of Zoob. On the top left is a 15 foot long model of the
Golden Gate Bridge, built for The Gap's flagship store in San Francisco.
This was a point-of-purchase display I designed for Zoob,
to showcase their
hit toy, the Zoob Dude. It was never implemented, but it utilized art from the
This is an injection needle I designed and built for an
original Sci-Fi series, "The Enforcer".
It has a retractible needle, and the fluid drains to a remote pump, so that it looks like
it's being pumped into the neck of one of the bad guys.
Another project from the same show. These are 'Electromagnetic
They had actual neodimium magnets that closed the cuff (timing belt) and a
microswitch that clicked the light from green to red when they closed. Together,
the injection needle and the cuffs took me about 10 hours.
One of the early sculptures. It's filled with parts scavenged from a typewriter.
My homage to Mr. Oldenburg, it's a mace made from stuffed
want to make a whole stuffed armory, but for the life of me, I can't think
of any shape I like better than the mace.
A few years back, I realized I had never even seen a really
bullwhip. I've always wanted one like the one from 'Raiders of the Lost
Ark'. So I got together with my friend Geo and together we taught ourselves
the art of whip braiding. Above is my second attempt, braided from
kangaroo hide, it's a 12 plait, 2 belly whip, as they say, and it's over
Okay, so it's obvious by now that I'm a geek.
The latest thing I did, was to
draw myself a map of Middle earth. I downloaded one of the maps drawn by
Tolkein's son, and printed it large format (32"x36") and traced the entire thing
on a lightbox. The paper is handmade bark paper I purchased at the art store.
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