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S.D.O.P. Show Photo Gallery!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 3 months since the show, but that’s summer for you.  Gone in a breeze…  I’ve finally got all the photos from the event together, edited and merged into one big gallery.  Here’s  a link for your viewing pleasure:
http://www.genefelice.com/sdop_show_gallery

After seeing all of these images together in one place, it occurred to me what an amazing night we had on May 30th.  Not just from the standpoint of having the perfect night of weather, in the midst of one of the rainiest seasons that the WNC has seen in years, but in terms of the overall experience.  As the coordinator of the event, I was buried under all of the little details for the event and only in hind-sight did I realize the ease and natural flow that the evening evolved into.  All of the visiting artists relied on their instincts and adept sense of flow to create the experience that we all had that night.  In the end, I felt an amazing sense of satisfaction and amazement with the unified effort that we all created.
I just really want to thank everyone that made this event happen!

So here are a few of my favorite images from the show.  Most of the photos in the full gallery were taken by Nathan Ober.
The final 15 or so amazing shots of the S.D.O.P. installation, were taken by Jon Leidel.

Danzo at work!  photo by:  Nathan Ober

Danzo & Friend photo by: Nathan Ober

Queen Mae & the Bells         photo by, Nathan Ober

Queen Mae & the Bells photo by: Nathan Ober

Dimensional Projections & Bear...        photo by, Nathan Ober

Dimensional Projections & Bear... photo by: Nathan Ober

S.D.O.P. Door #1  photo by, Jon Leidel

S.D.O.P. Door #1 photo by, Jon Leidel

S.D.O.P. Door #2  photo by, Jon Leidel

S.D.O.P. Door #2 photo by, Jon Leidel

S.D.O.P.  Door #3  photo by, Jon Leidel

S.D.O.P. Door #3 photo by, Jon Leidel

The Orchard & House  photo by, Jon Leidel

The Orchard & House photo by, Jon Leidel

S.D.O.P. first photos from the show…

Here are a couple of photos from the show that my friend Meegan took with her point and shoot.  Pro shots are in the works, but I thought I’d post these for a sneak peek.   Here’s a link to view the whole gallery of her shots.  I’ve also got some video clips in the works, soon to be posted.   Enjoy!

Danzo on Patrol!

Danzo on Patrol!

A shot of someone looking into Door #1

A shot of someone looking into Door #1

shot of door #2 with Michelle Moog looking in

shot of door #2 with Michelle Moog looking in

A little blurry... but door #3 after dark

A little blurry... but door #3 after dark

S.D.O.P. All Doors Complete!

Here are of a couple of shots of each of the three doors, finished and ready to roll.  It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point and I couldn’t have done it without the help of a lot of amazing folks.  Thank You!

Door #1 Complete

Door #1 Complete

Door #2 Complete!

Door #2 Complete

Door #3 Complete

Door #3 Complete

MiniMoogseum is Finished!

The MiniMoogseum installed in the Orange Peel

The MiniMoogseum installed in the Orange Peel

I’ve been meaning to put up a shot of the finished MiniMoogseum.  We finished it up just in time for the most recent “Enter the Mind of Moog” event at the Orange Peel a few weeks ago.

It was a nail biter, but we got it done and it really exceeds all my expections.  We got some last minute LED lighting installed by Mike Peio of Moog Music, purchased from Kick Lighting and it glows with an awesome warmth.  Steve really came through with his Theremin and Chris stepped up at the last minute to put in all the finishing touches.

It’s an amazing thing to see this idea that only existed in my head and in 3D visualizations, suddenly real and hanging in the main atrium of the Orange Peel.  Not only that, but to see people learning and re-discovering the amazing legacy of Bob Moog, while simultaneously creating some of their own fresh sounds, is something that just makes me smile.

The Mountain Xpress just put out a story on the event.  Check it out here!

Next time you’re at the OP, take a look and make some waves…

S.D.O.P. Door #2: work in progress…

Here are a few shots of Door #2 being tested outside.  The door is still in it’s early state, without much work being done on the door itself yet.  This was a test to see how the walls fit with the door frame and raw door.  With clamps it came together pretty easily.

A front shot of Door #2 being tested for structural integrity

A front shot of Door #2 being tested for structural integrity

A rear shot of Door #2 being tested for structural integrity

A rear shot of Door #2 being tested for structural integrity

S.D.O.P. Door #1: Cob is complete…

I had no idea that cob building (technically wattle & daub) would be so labor/time intensive when I started.   My hands & wrists learned just how intense it is, the hard way.  In the end, it was all worth it though, as no other material could have created such a unique and “sprouted from the earth” look and feel.  I had to keep this tarp over it while drying, to protect it from the torential downpours we’ve had through April & May.

Heres a front shot of the finished Cob Structure for Door #1

Here's a front shot of the finished Cob Structure for Door #1

Heres a side shot of the finished Cob Structure for Door #1

Here's a side shot of the finished Cob Structure for Door #1

S.D.O.P. Door #1: Bamboo Frame complete and a little cob…

So, I finally finished up the bamboo frame structure for the backside of Door #1.  I followed a simple weave pattern, with an over / under layering of split bamboo lengths.  It’s amazingly strong considering that none of the intersections are tied, just stuck into the earth.  You gotta love reverse tension!  I mean, I read about it over the years with Ken Snelson’s Tensegrity models and what not, but to witness it first hand is another thing indeed!  Here are a couple of shots of the work in progress.

A front shot of the bamboo frame structure

A back shot of the bamboo frame for Door #1

After finishing up the Bamboo Frame, it was time for a little “Cob” workshop with a local expert, Janell Kapoor of Kleiworks.  Not a bad way to spend Earthday, with our feet and hands, deep in the mud!   I’ve been reading “The Hand Sculpted House”, but there’s nothing like having an expert in the field come out and show you how it’s done.  Janell gave me and my loyal Sandy Mush Crew (Sharon, Seth & Nate) a good lesson on the finer points of Cob and more specifically in my case “Wattle & Daub“.  In this specific scenario, the bamboo was the Wattle and the Cob was the Daub.  Quite a fine art indeed, learning how to make the right mix, then the application itself.  I new it was going to be a lot of work, but the labor intensive aspect of this kind of earthen structure building, really came into reality as I just finished the structure, a week later. In the end, the quality and style of this building technique, was well worth all the hard work.   I’ll make sure to post photos of the finished piece soon!  Thanks so much to the SM crew and Janell for making it happen!!!

S.D.O.P. Door # 1 Frame & Door Complete

A Close up of Door #1

A Straight on shot of Door #1

So I just got the door and door frame for door #1 out to the property in the Sandy Mush Community.  Chris Perryman of Domus Aurea Woodworking Studio did an incredible job with bringing my visions to life.  I’m especially amazed at the detail he was able to develop in the carvings of the twin lambs above the doorway.  I managed to install the frame into the orchard on Saturday.  You might not know it, but those door frames extend almost 14 inches into the ground.  Nice and solid!  That beautiful piece of iron work in the center cut window, is actually a Katrina rescue from New Orleans.  Chris tells me it spent several weeks underwater and yet still survived.  I have a special place in my heart for the city of New Orleans, so having a little piece of that city as part of my work, truly puts a smile on my face.  It is the perfect accent to the 1st door, with it’s soft touches of iron rust, looking so beautiful against the red tones of the door.

A 3/4 shot showing the main support structure

A 3/4 shot showing the main support structure

A Detail shot of Door #1

A Detail shot of Door #1

A full shot of the site for Door #1

A full shot of the site for Door #1

S.D.O.P. Locks & What not…

Various Locks for Door #1 & #2

Various Locks for Door #1 & #2

Sunday turned out to be a very productive day, as I found most of the locks & door fixtures that I’m going to need for Door #1 & #2.  As you can see above, I’m working with 5 different locks (so far).  Starting at the top left corner and going clockwise, the first is an old Elgin lock (kinda rusty) that I found on my property.  It’s still functional and has nice access in the back, so I can open it up and add contact switches.  The next one over, with the brass showing at the top and bottom, is a French style pull lock.  I found this at Old World Architectural & Salvage as well as the rest of the pieces.  The next one over is a floor mounted push lock.  I’m not sure how old this one is, but it’s got these great carvings in it and I just love its shape.  To the right of this are a pair of doorknob escutcheons that I plan to use for Door #1. These were salvaged from the old Aston Apartment Building at 1 Aston Place, in downtown Asheville, circa 1933 or so.  All the other locks were salvaged from various barns and farmhouses in the WNC area.  The new looking lock in the bottom left corner, is going to be the main lock and dooknob post for Door #2.  It fits the doorknob perfectly and has a simple lock latch, just to add one more switch to the system.  I thought about cleaning some of them up with some steel wool, but the more I play with them, the more I like their individual, worn-in charm.

I’m also happy to say that I’ve brought in Chris Perryman of Domus Aurea Woodworking Studio, to assist in the creation of door #1.  I want to bring a high level of craftsmanship & style to this first door and I couldn’t think of a more talented & on-point  artist to assist, then Chris.  If you haven’t seen his work  already, he’s the same artist that did all the word-work on the Mini-Moogseum (see earlier post).  You can also see some of his work in a recent issue of Rapid River Magazine.

The Mini Moogseum › Orange Peel Installation

Mini Moogseum:  A work in Progress...

Mini Moogseum: A work in Progress...

The “Mini Moogseum” is a small scale tribute to the late, great Bob Moog. In an attempt to honor one of our local legends and to educate the growing, musical community of Asheville & beyond, this interactive “mini museum” will be installed at the nationally renowned, Orange Peel Music & Social Club.  The “Mini Moogseum” can also be thought of as a small-scale pre-curser to the full-size, Moogseum: interactive sound exploratorium, which is currently under development.

Click here to download the detailed PDF proposal for the “Mini Moogseum”.

The “Mini Moogseum” will educate the viewer about the rich history of Bob Moog’s life & legacy, while simultaneously interacting with them through a unique musical control panel. This panel will initially have a “Theremin-esque” instrument built into it, where the viewer will be able to adjust and play with it’s various sounds. This control panel is designed to be updateable in the future, for different forms of “moog inspired” musical interaction. The case itself also has the ability to transform & inspire. The shelves are removable and re-positionable, as well as the back drop which can be re-skinned with new imagery.

For the initial launch of the “mini-museum” we would like to arrange a collage of various imagery, devices and objects from the Moog Foundation Archives. The arrangement for this initial installation revolves around the following themes:
1. Bob Moog’s History & Impact
2. Community Roots
3. The Bob Moog Foundation

The “Mini Moogseum” is currently under construction.  After a long fund raising & development period, we were lucky to have major material donations given to the project by Cormark Lumber and Asheville Hardware.  As you can see in the photo above, the cabinet construction is finished.  We’re now in the process of adding all the electrical & musical components and finished graphics.  Once completed we’ll be installing in the main hallway of the Orange Peel Music & Social club here in Asheville N.C.

Chris Perryman, skillfully constructing the cabinet

Chris Perryman, skillfully constructing the cabinet

Gene Felice sanding the cabinet panels

Gene Felice sanding the cabinet panels

The 3 creators of the Mini Moogseum:  Chris Perryman, Gene Felice, Steve Dunnington

The 3 creators of the Mini Moogseum: Chris Perryman, Gene Felice, Steve Dunnington