Upcoming project with the Center for Expanded Poetics

Thrilled to be invited to publish my text ELECTRIC SPACE GARDENERS with the Center for Expanded Poetics CEP this November in Montreal Canada. I look forward to traveling there and seeing what will unfold with the risograph process! The center studies the connections between scientific and poetic approaches to structure, form, and fabrication, attending in particular to how biology, physics, chemistry, metrology, and materials science might inform the conceptual resources of poetics.

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Gif comprised of ink drawings, etc made from translating the ESG text. I look forward to seeing how these will factor into the print component for the document.

Mural & Commission Proposals

Lately a portion of my studio time has included the creation of some speculative proposals for large-scale installations. Here imagined on a building in downtown Los Angeles is a proposition from a series I entitled The Frolics of the Fusionaries. Featured here as a mural the works in this series also lend themselves to the materials of mosaic and glass.  

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4000 sq. ft of custom encaustic tile installed for the West Tampa Promenade at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa, FL

Colorful, encaustic cement tiles were introduced to Tampa Bay by Spanish speaking immigrant artisans and our neighbors to the south. The plaza tiles recall the typical design patterns found in the area and are directly inspired by the cigar labels of The F. Garcia & Company Factory. The cigar factory, built in 1899 on the corner of Garcia Avenue and Arch Street, an area now within the boundaries of the park, was a primary employer for area residents. This section of town was known as Roberts City.

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Jovi Schnell, West Tampa Promenade, 2018. Commissioned through the City of Tampa Arts.

Installation of the mosaic mural for the West Tampa Promenade begins!

MIotto Mosaics and crew just installed the 9' x 23' mosaic mural designed as part of my latest public art project for the new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park commissioned by the City of Tampa. The mosaic includes sculptural fish tiles realized by longtime friend and talented ceramic artist Andrew Dewitt. I am so thrilled with how it all came together! Huge thanks to my project manager Michael Lehman over at BOBOSART for helping to make it all sail. Stay tuned for the tile installation!

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Images courtesy of Robin Nigh, BOBOSART and Olivia Wells - Miotto Mosaics