There is no bigger project Vital 5 is currently involved in than Walden Three. It could be called the thing we’ve been practicing for all of these years, and it is a formidable and very exciting proposition. We highly encourage you to check out the new website we’ve built (with the help of the very talented web designer Jess Rees and the internationally acclaimed brilliance of Olson Kundig Architects), follow the blog, sign up, endorse, spread the word and help us bang the drum. So if you’ve been wondering why the Vital 5 website has looked so dormant lately, it is in large part due to this titan. (Click on image to be redirected to the Walden Three website.)
Archive for February, 2013
PDL had a blast creating the NW Sunburn Company for this year’s Onn/Off Festival in Seattle. The premise of this light-based art festival is that us Americans in this northwestern corner of the world are seriously deprived of sunshine and the psychological nutrients it provides. Especially this time of the year, when the days are short and the clouds are anchored to the landscape like giant wet blankets.
Curators Susan Robb and Sierra Stinson found a 20,000 square foot commercial building in the middle of Capitol Hill and transformed it into a brilliant exhibition space. They blocked out all of the windows and skylights with black tarps so the only light in the building was that emitted from our sculptures, performances and, in PDL’s case, their La Push Sunbathers and Yakima Sun Washs (see below). We dressed in our best pleated kaki pants, donned our neon sunglasses and matching company polo shirts and set about the festival like a tradeshow convention booth. And we sunburned over 300 people, adults and children alike. It was an event not to be missed, and we only apologize for announcing our performance three weeks after it happened. You got to keep your ears close to the ground to catch a PDL event (and joining the Vital 5 mailing list doesn’t hurt either).
We over at Vital 5 Productions have been busier than ever! And in all that activity, we often forget to update our website… and blog… so I’m going to try and play catch up and post a lot of things grossly out of date and long since missed. The first (but in no particular order) is a new poster from Artists For a Work Free America (AFWFA to those in the know). The Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings reminded us of the harsh truth that people have a bad habit of using guns and violence to express themselves. Yes, we do need to curb access to deadly weapons and yes, we need to take better care of those suffering from mental illness, but I do feel that the root of the problem is based upon the fact that too many people lack the proper tools to safely express themselves. That instead of reaching for a rifle or a pistol, people reach for a pen to write, a brush to paint, a microphone to shout into. Art is the way we express our problems and fears, it is the way we escape loneliness and despair, it is the way we keep our water from boiling over.
This poster was created the day after the Sandy Hook shootings. Maybe it won’t stop another senseless act of violence, but we hope people recognize that there are ways that we can curtail these types of events from happening. Taking guns away is not enough and having better access to mental health is part of the solution, but I firmly believe that the root of the problem is our inability to properly communicate, our quite desperation. And paintbrushes and microphones are the tools we must employ to combat this growing and very real threat to our cultural health.