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Bali!

What?! It’s a blog post you say? That’s right, six months after the fact, I really felt it was time to put my Bali post together. I’ve been lucky enough to be busy enough to throw my blog to the wayside for a while, but I do plan on updating this thing from time to time more often. Let’s see how that pans out.

So Bali was amazing. The culture is rich and the island beautiful. We spent two weeks in this paradise, seeing the sites, eating delicious food, and getting $5 massages. I did find some time to put up some geodes in Ubud and near Balangan. As I’m more of an instagrammer, you can find some more stories on posts there, but please see the below for my collection of Bali geodes. My map will be updated on my site of locations (although many may not be there by the time you make it!)

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 32, Ubud

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Geode 32, Ubud

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Geode 32, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

Geode #30

Geode #30 went up in Los Angeles almost a month ago, I posted on instagram, but now check out these photos we took during daytime. Of course I’ll be updating my website with the location—hopefully it’s still there and you can go hunting if you’re in the area.

I’m branching out on color here, and really loving it. I just took a trip to Dallas, TX and visited the Perot Museum. There were so many amazing crystal and mineral formations in their collection, I was quite inspired. Fluorescent minerals made an appearance, and I was so excited to see them in person.

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Geode #30, Melrose

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Geode #30

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Geode #30

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Geode #30

Brosmind!

I think I’m behind on this work, but it’s not every day you stumble onto a site and get stuck there, in that one place, for an hour. Brosmind is a multi-disciplinary studio of candy coated mind-bending frenzied illustration, video, and toys. Made up of two brothers, Alejandro and Juan Mingarro, they’ve done a lot of familiar work for the likes of Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Phish, and Wolfmother.

Their illustration style is not exactly something new, but it’s so well put together, consistent, and whole feeling. When I you really look into their imagery (they provide an awesome magnifying view on their site) you can see all the madness and details and creativity they posses. I almost don’t comprehend some of the characters they’ve made and have to double take constantly, it’s so very badass!

It was hard to even select a few images to post, but hopefully this is a great teaser.

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Instant Face Maker, a Fun Art-Making Tutorial by FaceHeads

A short video I found on The Fox is Black for “spontaneous art-making”. Something good for kids or adults to use to work-out the brain in creative play.

I’m always looking for exercises and ways to “trick” myself into being creative and exploring. Sounds ridiculous, but I have a hard time getting myself to dive into the unknown world of anything is possible. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to this as a tool for the kind of trickery I use on myself.

Instant Face Maker, a Fun Art-Making Tutorial by FaceHeads | The Fox Is Black.

Obsessed With: Matt Shlian

Lately I find myself suggesting Matt Shlian to everyone and anyone slightly interested in paper or geometry. He’s one of my favorite paper artists out there.

Shlian’s work is an incredible engineering fete of folding. His works often leave me puzzled on how they were constructed, and wanting to constantly see more of what he dreams up. They’re so very architectural and artistic, I very much love the way he works in which the energy and process dictate the final result. Similar to the way I create my own puzzles and paths in my own work as I go, yet incredibly structured, the opposite of my chaotic mass.

“I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize it’s final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.”

- Matt Shlian, from his Artist Statement

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All photos from mattshlian.com

Geodes 21–29, in Madrid!

Sometimes I go into extreme silences when I have large projects attacking me. Last month, I had a group show with CYRCLE at the new Time to Shine Gallery in the Arts District. A day later, I had a shoot with Subaru/Ovation—more on that soon! And a day after that wrap I went to Madrid.

All of this was long hours of creating and preparing and not sleeping and it was amazing! I’ll be sharing everything in time, but first, let’s talk Madrid.

My friend and I had an apartment for the week in Barrio Salamanca, walking distance to museums and parks and the older parts of town. As on any European trip, we spent hours and hours walking the streets and discovering all the details of Madrid. My bag always contained a pile of externally designed geodes, that I had already organically puzzled together, and some adhesive. I pasted up a piece when a wall, crevice, or crack caught my eye. It was such a beautiful process—I kept pulling out my predetermined shapes and they would fit exactly into the spot I found. All of my pieces were a metallic bronze color, which ended up being a very fitting color for gray Madrid.

A reader pointed out that my new style of geode is called a “druzy”, in which they “cover a surface in more or less outward pointing clusters of small crystals”. You’re going to see a lot of druzy moving forward. I’m still calling them all geodes for the sake of the project, but there will be more types of formations growing around the world from now on.

 

#21

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#21 Pasting up my first Spanish geode.

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#21

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#21

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#21 Underneath the aqueduct where the geode lives.

 

#22

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#22

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#22

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Trompe L’oeil mural and letters across from the geode.

 

#23

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#23

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#23

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#23

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#23

 

#24 and 25

 

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#24 & 25

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#24 & 25

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#24

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#25

 

#26

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#26

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#26

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#26

 

#27

 

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#27

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#27

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#27

 

#28

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#28

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#28

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#29

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#29

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#29

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“Obsessed With Solitude” Show

Just a reminder that tonight is my first gallery showing at Time to Shine in downtown Los Angeles. I’ll be showing with CYRCLE, and next door at Soze Gallery will be more amazing artists. Hope to see you there!

Geode #20

About time I posted about the last geode I created in San Francisco. This one is completely different than all the geodes I’ve ever made—it looks like a barnacle!

I was thinking about quick and different ways to produce these pieces and conjured up this formation. It’s still a geodesic, crystallized shape, but it now protrudes from the wall rather than being embedded like an actual vug or geode rock. Inspired by Space Invader‘s work, I tiled the resin piece directly to the outside wall. I like to imagine some buildings are still internally compressing their insides into crystals, but some of them are now oozing and creeping out.

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Getting a lift from my friend to tile the geode high on the wall

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Geode #20

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Geode #20

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Geode #20

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Geode #20

All images by Gregory Tuzin.

Geodes #18 & 19

Below are two more geodes I created in San Francisco last weekend. I found some nice unused holes that let to nowhere, right on the main Valencia drag. Pretty standard rounded, golden geodes made of resin. Once again, my map is updated for your hunting pleasure.

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Geode 18 installation

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Geode #18 & 19

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Geode #18 & 19

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Geode #18

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Geode #19

All photos by Gregory Tuzin

Geode #17

Last weekend I went to my old city San Francisco. Forever I’ve been wanting to get up there to make some geodes and finally got the chance. In between drinking with friends and eating the crap loads of amazing food you can find every other step in the Mission these days, I was hunting for any possible hole to use.

I have a list of more to hit when I get back next year, but over the next few days I’ll be revealing what I did get done. Check out #17 shown below, silver resin in a large vent that had been painted over. This is located in the Mission District, I’ll be updating my map this week as well. Lovely mural on the rest of the wall, no?

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Geode #17

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Geode #17

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Geode #17

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Geode #17 Close Up

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Geode #17 Close Up