Invented "Stop-Lapse" animation technique - combining time-lapse with stop motion simultaneously - Hawaii, 1975.
**BA from Macalester College - emphasis in painting, drawing, etching, lithography -graduated 1968
**Graduate study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School - 1969-1970
**Conscientios Objector during Viet Nam War (see next paragraph)
**Did alternative service as a conscientious objector with the San Francisco agency that pioneered the mainstreaming programs that forever changed the social perception of the developmentally disabled from pariah to self sufficient, loving and lovable human beings. My 2 years of service was spent filming, in the 16mm sound format, these programs. Some of the footage was used in a KQED-TV production on this innovative approach to improving the lives of the developmentally disabled 1970-1972.
**One of the original core group of artists invovled in the development of San Francisco's (and America's largest) artist loft warehouse conversion project which included about 100 artist living/work spaces, the Southern Exposure Art Gallery, the Artaud Dance Studio, and the Theater Artaud performance hall (see: www.artaud.org)- 1970-1972.
**Taught animation and filmmaking for Project Artaud's Cinema Workshop which was one of many of the project's community outreach programs.
**Television news photographer/cameraperson and photo lab manager - 5 years for CBS-Hawaii 1972-1978.
**Commercial photographer - 5 years for Hawaii Production Center - 1972-1978
**Taught photography, videomaking, animation & darkroom technique
classes at Open U - 1985-1987.
**28 years as an empoyee of the University of Minnesota working in the areas of photography, A/V management, darkroom techniques, videography, non-linear video editing, digital imaging including digital image editing, processing, archiving and database, started the conversion of analog still and motion imaging to digital, beginning in 1998 and continued keeping pace with the exponential growth in digital imaging technologies/processes/applications until I left the University in November of 2008.
**11 years observing, photographing, and filming the Monarch butterfly through its legendary stages of transformation. At some point in the near future the imagery will be made into what I call an "artumentary" and released on DVD.
Digital artist with focus on new methods and experimentations with various new technologies and applications. I work in both still digital art and moving image digital art including special effects, animation and imaging paradigms I've developed myself.
I graduated with a BA in art from Macalester College. My work at Macalester was quite evenly divided amongst the disciplines of painting, graphics, design, illustration, drawing, sculpture, pottery, photography and art history.
Well-known fiction and nonfiction writer, Tim O'Brien, was a housemate of mine when I was a junior at Macalester. We were both anti-Vietnam war activists and had discussions about what we would do after we graduated and lost our deferments. We agreed that being drafted was not an option. Moving to Canada or going to prison were options, however, but those were ideations of young men insulated from the real world at a small liberal arts college in St. Paul.
I was awarded a Max Beckman fellowship to do graduate work at the Pratt Institute in New York. When I started at Pratt Institute I also applied for conscientious objector status and continued on with my coursework while the Selective Service took several months to make a decision. Eventually I was granted CO status, hence, I had to leave Pratt Institute and spend two years serving my country as a civilian.
If I had been able to finish studies at Pratt Institute I would have received an MA in painting and design.
I moved to San Francisco's Haight-Ashberry District in 1969 and spent two years making a documentary film for the agency that pioneered mainstreaming programs for the developmentally disabled.
The 30 minute film was titled "The Reach of Children" and was aired on KQED-TV several times. Eventually it was picked up by other educational TV stations from the West Coast to the East Coast and was very instrumental in the spread of mainstream programs for the developmentally disabled not only in the United States but worldwide.
While in San Francisco I also was one of the original members of the world's largest warehouse-to-artist- lofts conversion project: Project Artaud (artaud.org).40 years after its inception the project has become a super elitist operation where artists are selling their spaces for tens of thousands of dollars.
We formed the 499 Alabama Corporation and rented out open space to artists and crafts people at six cents per square foot.
I had over 3000 ft.² of space and rent was only $180 per month. I built a log cabin inside my space and ran an animation and documentary filmmaking workshop. I taught animation and documentary filmmaking to minorities who lived in the surrounding Mission District as part of the project's comprehensive community outreach programs. I was a mentee of Fred Unterseir who was a mentee of F. Buckminster Fuller. Hence, as early as 1971 I was learning the science of geodesic architecture and building various models of of geodesic configurations.
In 1973 I moved to Hawaii with my wife and infant child. After a few months of living on the beach I was hired by K GMB TV CBS affiliate in Hawaii as a news cameraman and commercial production photographer. I was one of the first photojournalists to use the Steady Cam as it was that at the time that Garrett Brown, its inventor, was promoting it. Mr. brown won an Academy Award for inventing the Steady Cam.
While in Hawaii I made several documentaries-one in particular, titled Struggle Number One, was quite a local success. Eventually this movie became even more successful when it was chosen by the Minnesota Independent Film Festival. The film was twice broadcast on Twin Cities educational TV station. In 1980 I won again at MIFF with an experimental short titled "Maze". "Maze" was created an FX process, Stop Lapse, that I developed myself which combines stop-motion (animating armatures) with time lapse.
I moved back to Minnesota in 1979. I taught animation, still photography and moving image making at Open U.
I was hired at the University of Minnesota in 1982 by the Human Performance Laboratory. There I designed and fabricated rotoscoping equipment for analyzing biomedical motion in athletes. I also did still photography and desktop publishing, research and technical consulting.
After 5 years at the HPL I left the U of M to build my house and outbuildings in Sunrise, MN having received Master Carpenter certification from the house building school at Project Artaud,
I was rehired at the U of M in 1989 by the Department of Art History in the classification of Principal Photographer, tech support and researcher of emerging digital technologies. I made recommendations to the. department regarding how it could move confidently into the realm of digital imaging.
In the year 2000 I moved to The Digital Content Lab, which operated as a unit of CLA-OIT. I designed and fabricated rephotography equipment for the conversion of analog imaging to digital formats. It was during this time that I was given the responsibility of creating [what turned out to be] one of the U of M's best systems for using digital technology and equipment for a department that requires the use of visuals in its classes Also I was responsible for training faculty and teaching assistants in the use of digital processes that were acquired by the department.
My 28 years of employment at the U of M put me on the cutting-edge of emerging digital technologies and gave me a huge advantage in my personal pursuit of innovative artwork.
I took an early retirement option from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and since then I have devoted many hours a day to exploring new areas of artistic expression both in still digital art and experimental movies and in-line editing.