This email is a long time coming, and also kind of long, so thank you for your patience AND your incredible support for our art van project. Our trip officially ended in July, however the art and ideas have continued to flow, so here’s a little bit about what happened, and what’s to come for Project 603.
Cheyenne and I made a 7 week loop through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho (that’s 10 states) and had a total of 13 pop-up art shows. We showed in art collectives, farmers markets, national parks, parking lots and art walks, and connected with so many people (some interested in art, some in the van). Our first official van guest was a cat named Leonard. We ended our trip in celebration, at the Oregon Country Fair.
Early in our trip we displayed prints on the outside of the van. Towards the end, we got creative with Cheyenne’s projector, projecting images and videos from the van, on to the van, on the ground, or onto city walls. Each show was different and reflected our mood and inspiration of the moment. We mainly camped on National Forest land, but also stayed with friends along the way or in parking lots and backstreets of cities and towns.
Some of the highlights of the trip were:
-Our first show in Bend, Oregon where we met lots of artists and got pastry donations from Sparrow Bakery (we ate scones for a week).
-A spontaneous pop-up outside Taos, New Mexico in between 2 painted school buses (one served ice-cream, the other belonged to a traveling photographer named Shiloka)
-A collaboration in Teton National park with our most talented friend Annelies and her wood burn animals.
-Parking next to another van gallery, Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe.
-Exploring the Mojave Desert and Canyonlands National Park.
-Climbing the Sundial and staying with my friend’s family in SLC (Thanks again Lisa!)
-Backpacking outside Santa Fe with my uncle.
-Accidentally finding hot springs in Utah.
-Watching our process of collaboration evolve throughout the trip.
- The people we met
The biggest challenge of the trip was probably dealing with the heat in Utah, but we made it through with the help of milkshakes.
We both spent a lot of time taking and editing photos, which leads to the question, what is next for Project 603?
We decided pretty early into our trip that we would create a joint project documenting our journey. This project will hopefully take several forms, one being some kind of printed photographic expression (book or ‘zine). Completing this project is our main priority, and will be one of the gifts for you supporters. Since July, Cheyenne and I have spent time individually working on our photos from the trip, yet we haven’t had the time together to finish this project. We are looking forward to working on this in the coming months.
As for actual photos, we will be choosing which photographs to gift and getting them printed. Originally, I had planned to use the pictures we displayed on the van as gifts for our supporters - however after staring at them for two months I realized I wasn’t happy with the quality. I am hoping to eventually get my own photo printer so I can have complete creative control over my images, but I don’t currently have the space for it. A next step for me is finding a way to print images that I am happy with.
We had every intention of getting our rewards out in September, however we seriously overestimated ourselves and plan to have something really special for our supporters when the time comes.
Coming up, Cheyenne and I will be flying to Arizona photograph a week long primitive skills camp in the desert coming up in February, which we are both honored and excited to be a part of!
Again thank you so much for your support in our vision and art, this trip was really just the first step in lots of exciting creativity to come for me and Cheyenne. Please stay tuned….