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: Portland Oregon
Description: ink paintings on various sized scraps of paper
I began to regularly paint small sad penguins on scraps of paper. The painting of small sad penguins was a way to keep going when discouraged. I was printing serigraphs and making visuals for climate justice campaigns. Basically, the collective print studio where I was working, Flight 64, had piles of thin strips of really nice paper. Sometimes when friends came over to my house or studio, their attention would be drawn to small strips of paper, off cuts of serigraphs, painted with small sad penguins. I would be surprised and slightly annoyed. Why weren’t they focusing on my prints? Hard to believe from my fuzzy documentation but, the clumps and clusters of ink sad penguins had uncanny appeal. Continue reading painting between prints→
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of History and Art
Date: May 26, 2012
Description: 14 hours painting sad penguins, card table, paper, sumi ink, watercolor, and tape.
On May 26, 2012, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History(MAH) “sad penguins” participated in a multi-artist performance event called Listening the Earth II: Temporalities. This was the first presentational performance of “sad penguins.” I paint sad penguins with black ink and sometimes a few touches of orange, yellow and blue. I paint sad penguins who vary from cartoons to calligraphic ink marks. During the performances as I paint them I give them away to spectators and passersbye, and tape them up or lay them out in crowded grids. Continue reading listening to the earth ii→
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: Kunming City, Yunnan Province, Yong He Xing Market and Zhuan Xin Market
Date: August 7-8, 2012
Description: Sumi ink, watercolors, brushes, paper, painting sad penguins in popular fresh food markets.
I was selected by the curators to participate in Kunming Markets, a project bringing contemporary experimental art to fresh food markets. I spent two days painting in a smaller neighborhood market named Yong He Xing Market. This small covered market of family operated stalls has green grocers, butchers, dry goods, street food stalls, and cheap manufactured household goods. I made friends with the children who spend the day with their parents working at the market.
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.