2006 - ongoing.
Social Practice

Socially-engaged, interactive, action-centered projects and work in the public realm. 

Beginning in Brooklyn with shy forays into the streets with scraps of vinyl and magnetic sheeting remaining from my day job in the motion picture industry, I have long been engaged in work beyond the studio.

Lost Coast Culture Machine was a contemporary art outpost and handmade paper mill on the Mendocino Coast from 2009-2015.

The Rhinoceros Project is an ongoing collaboration with Bay Area Artist Michelle Wilson exploring the transformative power of craft through an art-historical lens.

Redwood Time is a multi-year collaboration with the Larry Spring Museum in Fort Bragg, CA, funded by California Humanities, that centers on a multispecies reexamining of the monumental redwood round in the center of town and the dendrochronological timeline of human history affixed to its face. 

The Landlooker Society for Material Research and Magical Social Practice is a long term and playful vision for a residency and community studio. 

Scroll below or click on any of the links above or the pictures to the left to dive further in. 

2016 - ongoing.
SOCIAL: Landlooker Society

The Landlooker Society for Material Research and Magical Social Practice is an evolving research project, presently headquartered in the southern Humboldt Hills of Northern California on traditional Wailaki lands, towards establishing a residency and community studio for artists and other contemplative makers and thinkers who are seeking an integrated human home within the web of life on land and in the cosmos.

It is overseen by artist Anne Beck who first encountered the landlooker and its historical meaning at Hartwick Pines State Park among the last old growth forest of white pine in Michigan, and has been weaving it throughout her practice since.

The landlooker logo, here on the left, signals searching, cultivating {seeds and awareness}, listening, and seeing. 

An ongoing effort, slowly, slowly, is to gather interviews from people who are engaged in magical social practice in one form or another. They are housed in the Landlooker Treasury, here. 

To see and learn more, please visit the The Landlooker Society’s website.

2023 - ongoing.
Redwood Time.

Redwood Time is a collaboration with The Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics, in Fort Bragg, CA. 

At the center of Redwood Time is a radical, as in root, study and re-envisioning of the monumental Redwood Round adjacent to the Guest House Museum on Fort Bragg’s Main Street. Cut from the ‘largest Redwood tree known to have grown in Mendocino County’, the Round functions as roadside spectacle, as tourist attraction, and as a monument to the timber industry and the settler town that grew around it. If one approaches closely enough to read the timeline pinned to the round’s face: from its rings have been conjured the tale of how this one particular story fits within the context of canonical world history.

In this way, the tree’s rings, measuring time, offer us a mirror. The pins and the plaques, the timeline, and the saw blade adorning the round are what certain people saw and wanted to see when the round was dedicated by the people of Fort Bragg in 1943.

What do we see when we look at the round today? What do we hope to see tomorrow?

In the spirit of exploring these questions, we are creating a  1:1 scale fabric maquette of the 18’ diameter Redwood Round. Through unfolding events considering a multiplicity of histories, species, natural philosophies, and concepts of time itself, we are adorning this round with a new timeline, and new accoutrements.

What dates will it memorialize? What accessories, what talismans will it wear?

The Fort Bragg community donated personally and historically significant fabric, which was then dyed in a community gathering using locally gathered plants and mushrooms. The enormous pattern was cut out in the community gym, and the pattern pieces are now being stitched together by hand. 

Beginning June 21, 2024, a series of community programs will engage participants in developing ideas for a new concept of time and markmaking on the fabric round.


2016 - ongoing.
The Rhinoceros Project

The Rhinoceros Project is an ongoing collaboration with Bay Area artist Michelle Wilson.

It began with the intention to make a life-size version of Albrecht Durer’s 1515 print The Rhinoceros as a watermark in handmade paper, and has become a deep dive into global histories and philosophies and the transformative potential of meditative craft.

From 2016-2018, we embroidered a life-size version of The Rhinoceros in itinerant public sewing circles - sewing with 16 different communities and nearly 600 people. The Rhinoceros Embroidery is now being used to make an edition of watermarks in handmade paper. Along the way we amassed a Reading Room and Ephemera Collection of found and created books, embroideries, prints, and objects. 

We are currently at work on a monumental version of a 1524 Map of Tenochtitlan, attributed alternatively to Albrecht Durer and Friedrich Peypus, and most recently held sewing circles and exhibitions of it in Morelia, Mexico City, and Guadalajara, Mexico. 

To see and learn more, please visit the The Rhinoceros Project’s website. 

Lost Coast Culture Machine.

Lost Coast Culture Machine was an artist-run contemporary art outpost and handmade paper mill focusing on sustainable practice, off the beaten path, in Fort Bragg, CA. 

Co-founded with Dietmar Krumrey, from 2009-2015, we hosted over 150 local to international artists in exhibitions, residencies, performances, film screenings, and community gatherings.