We Are All of Us

Since February 27th I’ve been doing a daily art project. I set out on a walk, a different route each day, and take portraits of people I encounter along the way. We chat a bit, I ask a couple (difficult) questions, then I upload the photo and a paraphrased quote onto my website. I basically took the Humans of New York model and applied it locally. I firmly believe, however, that the outcome here is quite different since we are dealing with an intimate population of 20,000 versus New York’s 8.4 million. There’s less room for anonymity in this cozy…

Thick-Headed Lizard

As I prepared to walk across Oregon in 1996, my training consisted of stuffing my Lowe Contour IV pack with cobblestones wrapped in towels then walking, 20+ miles round-trip, from my folks’ house in Huntington Beach, CA to Laguna Beach (and beyond).  I maybe did this four or five times, certainly not enough to ready my body for the beating of daily miles.  Proof is the fact that after less than a week on the trail I threw in the towel and caught a Greyhound home.  Seems a ridiculous 60-pound pack was too much for a fledgling hiker.  The fact…

Art Gorilla, Revisited

Last year I hung more than 250 pieces of randomly placed artwork using the pseudonym, Art Gorilla.  Mostly in my hometown, Carrboro, NC, but also a bunch during a road trip to Austin, TX and various other trips to New York, California and Oregon.  Most of the pieces are small and forgettable, but all have a note on the back encouraging the finder to “Take Me Home” and to contact Art Gorilla on a Facebook page (it’s a relatively inactive page, but the comments folks left there are quite interesting).  I did a series for this project on a bunch of…