Friday, December 17, 2010

Special Thanks To Valerie Fanarjian for her wood donation

Art Director and Producer  Valerie Fanarjian donated wood to the Bhome Studio.

Valerie has worked on the films Nor'easter, The Northern Kingdom, Night of the Living Jews, Racing Daylight and Man on Wire.

More about here movie projects here

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter cabin,not quite closed in yet

Rocket tub install

Stephen Hren returns to the North Country and helps jump start the warm winter baths.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time-out... Architectural Cribbage

Exploring alternatives to the gallery system
Posted in Own This City by T.J. Carlin on Apr 16, 2009

As many of our favorite glass-fronted white cubes scuttle their Chelsea operations, pressured by exorbitant rents and stagnant sales, it’s a great time to take a harder look at those individuals and institutions harnessing their ambitions to unconventional structures and spaces less affected by the slump, as these ways of "thinking outside the box" are proving to have staying power. Whether art spliced with sustainable city planning or a call for artists to build their own structures that operate as ad hoc museums, the below projects are related in their relative freedom from or flaunting of contemporary market concerns.

"Unbuilt Roads"
e-flux, 41 Essex St between Grand and Hester Sts (212-619-3356). Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave. A gallery presentation of the 1997 book project by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa, this show offers the unrealized proposals of 107 artists (Louis Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, the Chapman Bros., etc.) in blueprint pages spanning the gallery interior. Though it's installed in a conventional white-walled context (e-flux’s new LES space), experiencing the show means entering the speculative environs generated by some of art’s more ambitious thinkers—there is a wonderful freedom in the fact that these vaulting ambitions are completely unrestrained by material tethers.

"Vertical Gardens"
Exit Art Underground, 475 Tenth Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-966-7745). Subway: A, C, E to 34th St. Through May 23. The third in an Exit Art series, SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics), this show brings architects and artists together to present existing vertical farms, urban gardens and green roof projects, as well as speculations on a future of more sustainable urban planning—visions with a deliciously sci-fi effect. Free lectures on April 21 and 22, and an indoor composting workshop, are detailed here.

Matt Bua, “Architectural Cribbage”
( Ongoing. Matt Bua’s “Architectural Cribbage” amounts to a platform for empowering people to define their own architectural surroundings, free from the normalizing strictures of building code. Through an ongoing open call, Bua along with Max Goldfarb organized an clearinghouse of hundreds of visionary architectural drawings (, which serve as potential designs for 12-by-12-foot structures built at Bua’s woodsy Catskills site, “b-home"). Artists are encouraged to install their own personal collections of odds, ends and artworks inside their visionary structures—an upheaval of gallery and real-estate conventions alike.
Brian Zegeer

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Simple Rocket Stove Design

This Rocket Stove design used  a 4 x 4 ft sheet of Metal bent into the 1ft x 1ft x 4 foot shaft filled with beer cans and Cob for insulation and attached to the bottom for the stick feed a 6 inch stove elbow
...notice the lower pot on the warmer. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Skiles Test China Museum

Some shot's from the Test Fest, where participants were to build structures only out of materials found in the Skiles Test Nature Park in Indianapolis Indiana

Cheryl Odore demonstrating the Museum Guard Post/ tree Hammock

Some details of unearthed china once belonging to Indianapolis Millionaire Skiles Test. Note the name change of the restaurant from White Cafeteria to just " Whites"

The existing corn crib foundation and the mighty Jimson Weed, a plant that I remember ,many folks in high school messing around with and going "loco". What is the yellow flower?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cribbage oath taken and notarized

Here's the official doc, and oath taken on 14th street at Carrie Dashow's Yesiree Public Notary Project

for thiis one , she had us role 2 die to determine which of the 12 oaths we would have to doctor up to make our own. I roled a 9 and got the Olympic Oath

Finally- Architectural Cribbage Rules in 5 easy steps!

Adventure courtyard at Alfred University visit

I was invited out to Alfred University in Western NY to give a talk and add something to a project Jonas Linberg(creator of the barbed wire teddy bear at b-home)is doing with his liberal arts class...
I thought, with all these skate ramps and rocking/swinging armadillo house structures, maybe a massage table would be helpful.
Here below you see Jenny Hillenbrand-(aka:Vesna) putting the table to good use for fellow mohawkians: Laura Zelda Smith and Scott Kreider

Here's an in progress overhead shot

Further reading:Finite and Infinite Games:a vision of Life and Play and Possibility by James P Carse
An Architecture of Play: A Survey of London's Adventure Playgrounds by Nils Norman

"the opposite of consumption is not thrift, It's generosity"- Raj Patel

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Catamount People's Museum 2 Events

For immediate release

The Catamount People’s Museum

21 West Bridge st
Catskill NY 12414

A handmade People's Museum has been constructed in Catskill, NY in the form of a lounging bobcat using discarded tree branches and cut offs from local mills. The interior of this over-sized Lynx Rufus houses a collection of materials and displays celebrating the people, stories and history of the Catskill Mountains. Content for displays are collected from both historical organizations and the surrounding community. The museum has a unique focus of seamlessly blending the stories, visions and personal collections of residents with the voices of historians. The folk legends, urban myths and favorite, almost forgotten tide bits on display make this new public space a place to soak in what this area is really all about.

Do you have a favorite story your grandfather told you? An old photo of the area that you really like? A memory of a building that once stood? A little known gem from the present people should know about? A reason this area is special to you? A vision for the future? Bring It! Tell It!

Material Collection Day: Saturday, August 14th 2010, noon to 3pm

Come get a sneak peak of the town's newest museum. Bring your stories, ideas, books, xeroxed notes of interest, photos and artifacts to add to the museums growing collection

Opening Celebration: Saturday, September 4th 2010, noon to 6 pm
Sponsors and Support: The project is sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts(NYFA) and made possible with a grant from the Harpo Foundation. Special Thanks to the Village of Catskill, Catskill Valley Pools, Dimensions North LTD, Tony Fallon's Hardware Store (Cairo) Skip Kelly's Lumber(Cairo), West Side Villa Pizzeria, Box Art Inc, MBZ framing, WGXC Community Radio

For mail in Submissions:
Catamount People’s Museum
Po box 581
Catskill ny 12414


Lisa-Marie Ludwig's Green House in Progress

Soon to be de-constructed

Paul Howe's first sculpture finds a resting spot at b-home

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Catamount Museum in Progress

Finally found a lot near the corner of West Main on West Bridge Street in Catskill NY 12414.

Step 1 : build a sturdy post N beam structure and see how many "High Plains Drifter"
comments you can get

See more about the project here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Well, Well, Welles House

This homage to Orson Welles, HG Wells, and George Orwell now resides at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota

Using the seats: paul, robin, mary jane, (bottom) peter and melissa

Monday, May 3, 2010

Outdoor kitchen under way

a trench, a pile of rocks, and a new roof for the cob oven(in collaboration with Laura Nancy Anderson)

Rebekah Hren's stream/rock/waterfall design

A fine place to take a dip, now with transplanted cattails and MN wildrice.  See more about Rebekah here.

The OvenHouse with Rocket Stove

Stephen Hren returned to snake the pipe through the soon to be warmest spot at b-home

Pruitt-Igoe...what's there now, weeds, trees and...

The Pruitt-Igoe housing project was one of the first demolitions of modernist architecture and its destruction was claimed by postmodern architectural historian Charles Jencks to mark "the day Modern architecture died."

The lone half-free morel of the spring

It popped up right in front of the cabin once Stephen and Rebekah departed, shriveled and disappeared just as quick

The Ford: the last Dymaxion

Henry Ford: a great collector(weed sandwiches anyone?)