Location: Carbondale, Illinois
Date: January 2011
Description: studio sketches, recycled 8.5″ X 11″ printer paper
“i feel sorry for the human people”
“LO SAD PENGUINO”
“i changed all my light bulbs but it melted anyways”
These are the first penguins I painted. Sketched out in Sarah Lewison’s living room/studio outside Carbondale, Illinois. Late in the evening, I penciled and water colored them on paper from Sarah’s recycle bin. And taped them to the wall and snapped a couple of photos. Continue reading sad penguinos – first penguins→
Location: Dashila’r hutong near Tian’anmen Square, Beijing, China
Date: June 6, 2012
Description: short performance with Li Lisha, paper, brushes, ink, watercolor, tape.
In Dashila’r Hutong just around the corner from Tian’anmen Square. Artist and curator Li Lisha and I grabbed a table at a soup place, ordered and started painting. We taped the penguins up to the front of an empty store front. We chose the store front because we mistakenly thought it was an underutilized art space. The timing, just two day after June 4th, made the performance tense and, perhaps, over loaded with associated meanings. Needless to say we kept it short (30-40 mins) and left before a crowd gathered. Continue reading Dashila’r Beijing→
Location: Homeshop, Beijing, China
Date: June 7, 2012
Description: Two small stools, ink, watercolor, paper.
I set up in front of Homeshop a small arts and social space. I painted penguins taping them to the front of the building and giving them away to passing school children. I asked the children to let me take their pictures with their penguins. Continue reading Homeshop, Beijing→
Location: The Projects, Portland, Oregon
Date: September 20, 2012
Description: Participatory sad penguin painting workshop, sumi ink, watercolor, paper, tape.
The Projects is an annual experimental narrative arts and comics festival in Portland Oregon emphasizing collaborative doing and making. sad penguins was invited to participate in 2012. sad penguins at the Projects took the form of a participatory sad penguin paint in. Previous performances included audience members painting penguins, but this was the first version that attempted to make the whole audience into participants. We had a big table and everyone piled around some folks painting only one penguin, while others painted for the entire couple of hours of the workshop.
Location: Ecopoetics Conference, University of California, Berkeley
Date: February 24, 2013
Description: Participatory sad penguin painting at an academic panel, sumi ink , small paper cups, paper.
On a panel at the 2013 Ecopoetics conference, I proposed to start the session with participatory sad penguin painting. The conference panel session titled, “Ecopoetics, Object Relations, and Object-Oriented Ontology” included presentations from Anthony Camara, Julia Fiedorczuk, Devin King, Sarah Lewison, Eileen Myles, and Tze-Yin Teo. We, the presenters and the listeners, began by all painting sad penguins together for my fifteen minutes. I invited everyone to continue painting throughout the panel. sad penguins tuned the talks.
Location: the internet and mobile phones
Description: Online and mobile phone sad penguins application prototype, developed with UC Davis Computer Engineering students, Zachery Ennenga, Connie Nguyen, and Arie Knyazev. Special thanks to Professor Devanbu.
In Spring 2013 I contacted Professor Prem Devanbu in Computer Science about finding collaborators to make a sad penguins app. The following fall quarter, he suggested to his senior design class that a team take the project on. Arie, Connie, and Zach worked tirelessly winter and spring quarters. Our collaborative poster of the project pictured here was selected to hang in engineering building.
Location: In front of Memorial Union, University of California, Davis
Date: November 20, 2014
Description: Three hours sad penguin painting, sumi ink , oak gall ink (made from on campus galls) watercolor, paper, milk crate, cardboard, digital camera, sound recordings of ice floes and penguins.
I set up in front of the UC Davis Memorial Union in the row of tables where student clubs and associations flyer and bake sell. I painted sad penguins and gave them to students. The video is edited from the first hour and twenty minutes. Subsequently, the camera ran out of battery and the sky with rain. The penguins and I took cover under the eves. I painted with both sumi and oak gall ink made by artist Kim Zitzow from galls gathered on UC Davis campus.