I Visited Niland, The Salton Sea, and Slab City.

Niland CA - Beach Sunset

I traveled to The Salton Sea to meet some of the alternative communities and see the incredible artwork coming from the area.  Also it’s a great place to get in some drone flights.

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Outside of the town of Niland sits the remains of a Camp Dunlap (commissioned in 1942).  All that remain are the concrete slabs that give Slab City its name.  Since the 1980s people have been camping there for free.  Now a few permanent encampments and even a few event venues exist.  There is no water or electricity or any other government services.  There is an eBike rental place, an internet cafe, a Hostel, a Library, and the East Jesus art exhibition.

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Discovering the Meow Wolf exhibit: Santa Fe

Meow Wolf - Giant Robot Statue

Meow Wolf: The House of Eternal Return is a 20,000 square foot building (once a bowling alley) now filled with over 70 room uniquely decorated with incredible interactive art.  Yesterday we spent hours exploring.  Just when we thought we’d seen it all we would open a cabinet or move a bookshelf and suddenly entirely new avenues opened for us to explore.

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My original shadowbox idea finally realized in all its glory!

Apple Mouse Shadowbox

This was actually the idea that started it all!  It took me a while to finally complete it.  I know that i am missing the serial mouse from the original Macintosh and 128.  Despite having one, i decided to keep my 128 with all its pieces.  Besides, i never touched one until after college.  The mice represented here had my hands all over them most of my life.  I am very happy with how it came out.

Art Show 2011 presented by Mr Brainwash in LA!

I visited the show just before closing yesterday.  It was overflowing with street art.  Literally.  it seemed as though paint and scrawled graffiti radiated from the warehouse.  The installation itself was huge.  More then four floors of the warehouse were open to the public.  Full of sculptures, automobiles, and appliances made art.  This was a concentrated example of the phenomena that is street art.  At times the senses are overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of detail.  Admission was free, as were the posters.  Mr brainwash and many of the featured artists were there signing posters.  here are a few of my favorites from the show. . .

Panorama of Art Show 2011

A Birthday Beer

Since it was Kira’s birthday, we decided to met up with Kira’s friend Jenessa at her work, “The Grill.”  Known for it’s beer & tots, they have seen a boom in business since the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Jenessa then led us on a whirlwind tour of the Tucson bar scene. Starting with the Taproom and ending up at Che’s.  Tucson is very much an art town. We explored some of this art in our travels. I only wish we had more time to explore this side of things