Thursday, March 5, 2009

busy weekling

my friend mark taylor and myself have made a TCE (total cardboard environment) that showcases and displays the work from students at The Center For Creative Growth in oakland. it's really an amazing place, and the work we're installing is from a carboard sculpture class taught by James Ferrell. basically, they made a bunch of amazing sculptures (cars, spaceships, barbarians, monekymen, care bears, and a tomb) and we built a city/cosmos/forest for them all to live in. it's part of a program that rps is doing called Community Collaborations. we've been busting all week and it's turning out niiiiiiice.

it opens tomorrow as part of the first friday art murmur in oakland.

here is a little more:

For the last two months, RPSC has led cardboard sculpture classes with developmentally disabled artists at Creative Growth, taught by local artist James Ferrell as part of RPSC’s Community Collaborations Project. Twice a week, Ferrell and RPSC volunteers have guided students through the process of creating their own cardboard sculpture from original 2D drawings to large-scale 3D sculptures. The finished pieces will be installed in RPSC’s gallery with the help of Mark Inglis Taylor ( and Nat Russell who will add their fantastic imagery to compliment and reflect the imaginations of Creative Growth artists, creating the backdrop for the exhibition.

Student’s projects range from an oversize bust of Martin Luther King Jr. to a hybrid flower-satellite and will be available for sale. Proceeds from the show will go to funding future Community Collaborations and to the artists directly. Ferrell’s newest sculptures will also be exhibited as part of the show, including the long awaited UFO with a working track door and a 6-ft dragon.

In addition, on Saturdays 3-5pm throughout the month of March, Ferrell will be teaching a 4-part cardboard sculpture class at RPSC. The class will lead students in creating a group project that will be raffled off to fund future Community Collaboration projects. Students will learn the skills needed to create a 3D pattern from a drawing or object, build the sculpture using recycled cardboard, and finalize with tape and paper maiche. Classes are sliding scale and drop-ins are welcome. To sign up, visit:

This project is made possible by the generous support of the San Francisco Foundation, the City Oakland Cultural Funding Program, and individual donors. For more information on Community Collaborations, please contact or visit our website.

also, that same night, across the street at Hatch gallery, i have 6-7 prints from the past year or two on display and for sale cheap-style. some greatest hits out of the archives. cruise by and check it at your leisure. lots of other artists and lots of happenings.

1 comment:

cryptacize said...

i saw this last night- wonderful! i really wish i could afford to buy that pharoah sculpture. and of course your mural is awesome.