I spent five months in Standing Rock North Dakota, camped out at Oceti Sakowin, the prayerful resistance camp in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I arrived one day after the incident at Backwater Bridge which was the scene of one of the most severe physical injuries inflicted on a human member of the prayerful resistance.
I was intending to be present for about a week and a half, but when it was time for my convoy to leave, I didn't. I remained through the end of the camps, and witnessed the militantly armored police force smash and destroy all that was created by the Water Protectors.
The entire time I was there I carried a Cannon Rebel on loan from friend and artist Miranda Ellis Hontz. Without any official account, I am nearly certain I have themostcomplete documentation of the social and sociopolitical environment during that time. This claim comes from the fact I was one of the only people with a camera for weeks at a time.
The circumstances in which this documentation was captured is precarious at best.
Not knowing exactly what to do with this content, it is currently on ice. I have ideas for its use, but until the appropriate people and groups sign off on its use for this purpose, it will remain closely guarded and inaccessible to the public.
Ice Cream Speakeasy
While living in Western New York I began to learn about whole foods from various sources including the farms from which they came. I developed a very close relationship with Jerry of Sunny Cove Farm, a local organic and raw dairy farm. Sometimes we would talk for hours about the precarious legality of the harmless and healthy product coming from his farm. I did a lot of promotion and product design for Sunny Cove Farm, but the one thing I couldn’t do much of was serve the raw milk. Due to state and federal law, in New York the sale of raw milk must be conducted on farm only. Furthermore, the milk could not travel across state lines or be used to create any product for consumption outside the home. In a brazen disregard for the laws, I began to prepare and share my homemade ice creams made using raw milk. Each event would occur with the knowledge that the product being served was illegal and therefore may be “unsafe” for consumption. Each iteration of this project was met with happy faces, delighted bellies and a rich discourse on food security and freedom. *No individuals were made sick by serving this illegal substance*
Tables for Two Florida
Tables for Two Alfred
Tables for Two Alfred was a pop-up style event featuring multiple tables set for two on Valentines Day 2013. Reservations were taken in advance of the event and people arrived the evening of during their reservation time. The dinner menu consisted of four courses featuring fare sourced from local vendors.
This event was facilitated in collaboration with Sierra Sparks, Stephanie , kaitboccardo
Journey for the American Dream
All throughout college and beyond, I modeled for figure drawing classes. I began to explore a method of modeling that involved dynamic movement during each pose. Through this process I came to meet Dang, an accomplished illustrator from China. During a meeting between Dang, myself, and Dang’s wife Lillian as a translator, I described my plan to do a performance in Manhattan where I fought the bull on Wall St. After an exchange with Dang in Chinese Lillian simply said, “When you do this, Dang will be there.” I coordinated with Dang and Lillian to meet in Manhattan to illustrate the debut of the Urban Shaman. The experience was rich for myself, Dang, his family, and hundreds of passersby. Dang produced four drawings telling the story depicting the Shaman’s Journey for the American Dream.