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NEWS

Studio updates, current events, and archival posts from 2014-2018.

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

I can only sum up 2018 like this: bewildering, insane, transformative, humbling, and full of challenges. It seemed like an era lasting 10 years closed but left so many open doors in its wake. Among many things, I helped launch a nonprofit independent art school, lived through a seance, built a hate-jammer, installed my work at a festival, appeared in a book, completed a significant commission, and opened my first museum exhibition while writing an autobiographical novel set for release in 2019 — life is strange and beautiful.

WINTER


Installing  NETWORK  for   The Woods   at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in conjunction with Punch Projects in early January 2018.

Installing NETWORK for The Woods at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in conjunction with Punch Projects in early January 2018.

Detail of  NETWORK  for   The Woods   at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in conjunction with Punch Projects in early January 2018.

Detail of NETWORK for The Woods at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in conjunction with Punch Projects in early January 2018.

Western Neon School of Art  opened our doors on January 23, 2018 with our initial educational offering:  Introduction to Light Based Media  — see more  here .

Western Neon School of Art opened our doors on January 23, 2018 with our initial educational offering: Introduction to Light Based Media — see more here.

Our first graduating class right after we lit up their final projects — check out our projects and progress in the 2018 recap  here .

Our first graduating class right after we lit up their final projects — check out our projects and progress in the 2018 recap here.

METANOIA   opened on February, 3 2018 at  Oxbow  and featured a performance in collaboration with VR Artist  Grant Kirkpatrick  and Audio Artist  Fritz Rodriguez  — image by Nathaniel Willson © 2018.

METANOIA opened on February, 3 2018 at Oxbow and featured a performance in collaboration with VR Artist Grant Kirkpatrick and Audio Artist Fritz Rodriguez — image by Nathaniel Willson © 2018.

Studio shot of  TRACKSTARS  with  Potential Dust  in late February 2018.

Studio shot of TRACKSTARS with Potential Dust in late February 2018.

Installation view of  TRACKSTARS  at Sun Gallery with  Potential Dust  in late February 2018.

Installation view of TRACKSTARS at Sun Gallery with Potential Dust in late February 2018.

SPRING


Studio process Image 1 for   GENERATIONS  , an experimental residency at  Oxbow  that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 1 for GENERATIONS, an experimental residency at Oxbow that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 2 for   GENERATIONS  , an experimental residency at  Oxbow  that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 2 for GENERATIONS, an experimental residency at Oxbow that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 3 for   GENERATIONS  , an experimental residency at  Oxbow  that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 3 for GENERATIONS, an experimental residency at Oxbow that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 4 for   GENERATIONS  , an experimental residency at  Oxbow  that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

Studio process Image 4 for GENERATIONS, an experimental residency at Oxbow that ran from late spring to summer 2018 and incorporated text, public art, sculpture, installation work, and digital video.

SUMMER


SOURCE CODE  for   GENERATIONS   at  Oxbow  — image by Nathaniel Willson © 2018.

SOURCE CODE for GENERATIONS at Oxbow — image by Nathaniel Willson © 2018.

Detail of a five page spread featuring Western Neon in the fall edition of  Filson’s CFF Catalog  released August 2018.

Detail of a five page spread featuring Western Neon in the fall edition of Filson’s CFF Catalog released August 2018.

Western Neon’s completed installation in collaboration with  Zach Yarrington  and  SODO Track  for their summer 2018 programming.

Western Neon’s completed installation in collaboration with Zach Yarrington and SODO Track for their summer 2018 programming.

SOLARIS  for  Bumbershoot 2018    — image by Nathaniel Willson © 2018.

SOLARIS for Bumbershoot 2018 — image by Nathaniel Willson © 2018.

FALL


SOURCE CODE  at Bellevue Arts Museum for   OMNIA  , my first solo museum exhibition, opened October 2018 — image by Emilie Smith, see more in  NEWS .

SOURCE CODE at Bellevue Arts Museum for OMNIA, my first solo museum exhibition, opened October 2018 — image by Emilie Smith, see more in NEWS.

Digital still from  NEW FOLKLORE  for   OMNIA  , a schizophrenic, highly personal online-only video work hosted on BAM’s site— see more in  NEWS .

Digital still from NEW FOLKLORE for OMNIA, a schizophrenic, highly personal online-only video work hosted on BAM’s site— see more in NEWS.

NEW FOLKLORE: manipulated digital video screen capture of browser-hosted Flash performances — reviewed by Audrey B. Brown in NEWS.

SCREENS : a new large-scale animated sculpture commissioned for   OMNIA   by BAM on view until 2020 — image by museum director  Benedict Heywood .

SCREENS: a new large-scale animated sculpture commissioned for OMNIA by BAM on view until 2020 — image by museum director Benedict Heywood.

Detail of  SCREENS  from opening night with  Maurice Noisette : a new large-scale animated sculpture commissioned for   OMNIA   by BAM — see more  here .

Detail of SCREENS from opening night with Maurice Noisette: a new large-scale animated sculpture commissioned for OMNIA by BAM — see more here.

METANOIA   for   OMNIA   at BAM on October 12, 2018 in collaboration with VR Artist  Grant Kirkpatrick  and Audio Artist  Fritz Rodriguez  — reviewed by  Audrey B. Brown  in  NEWS .

METANOIA for OMNIA at BAM on October 12, 2018 in collaboration with VR Artist Grant Kirkpatrick and Audio Artist Fritz Rodriguez — reviewed by Audrey B. Brown in NEWS.

Lori Hersberger on cover of   Lust For Light  , a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Lori Hersberger on cover of Lust For Light, a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Studio image of   INTERFACE   in   Lust For Light  , a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Studio image of INTERFACE in Lust For Light, a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Afternoon view of   TRYLON   in   Lust For Light  , a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Afternoon view of TRYLON in Lust For Light, a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Morning view of   TRYLON   in   Lust For Light  , a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

Morning view of TRYLON in Lust For Light, a comprehensive international survey of artists working with light, space, and interactive technologies edited by Hannah Stouffer released October 2018.

SOURCE CODE EDITION 1  , my first permanent interior public art commission, installed at  RAIN  in downtown Eugene, Oregon for the University of Oregon in October 2018.

SOURCE CODE EDITION 1, my first permanent interior public art commission, installed at RAIN in downtown Eugene, Oregon for the University of Oregon in October 2018.

FUTURE


Cover design for  POSTING THE FLOOD , an autobiographical novel that’s been gestating for over 20 years, is set for release across 2019 as a limited edition series of zines and a full-color hardcover book.

Cover design for POSTING THE FLOOD, an autobiographical novel that’s been gestating for over 20 years, is set for release across 2019 as a limited edition series of zines and a full-color hardcover book.


Western Neon School of Art opens Winter Quarter in January 2019, OMNIA runs until March 2019, and I’ll be an Artist in Residence at Wenatchee Valley College through 2020. Thank you ALL friends and family for keeping me sober, focused, and on the path — none of this would be possible without YOU. Happy Holidays and have a great New Year!