Thursday, March 12, 2009

Phantasm Chasm

take off in a coffin and get away forever
or lurk in some famous forests
without a shirt

(excerpted from Clark Coolidge, Far Out West. New York: Adventures in Poetry, 2001)

Phantasm Chasm uneasily unites some of the failed opportunities, tragic events, and myths in Tacoma’s past. Mirroring ways we navigate through town, the installation combines multiple, fractured, partial views of the City of Destiny. Alternating between visions of Henrik Ibsen, noxious weeds of concern, John Muhammad, and the birth of the railroad in New Tacoma, Phantasm Chasm points awkwardly towards a new frontier, but one that may be ephemerally, erratically transforming, breaking down. Ghosts arise.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


We were invited to King's Books Wayzgoose this year, and designed a set of embossed images, printed from Tacoma manhole and drain covers. We would like to thank everyone who assisted us with the loan of the covers, especially Urban Accessories (Bret and Jeff and their entire team) and the City of Tacoma (Amy McBride and everyone in the Street Maintenance Division). Special thanks to sweet pea, Jessica Spring, and Chris Sharp for offering their driving skills, Jennifer Adams for sharing time and resources with us, and everyone who helped us move wet OSB sheets and damp polarfleece. Wayzgoose forever.