• Image of village in a can # 164
  • Image of village in a can # 164
  • Image of village in a can # 164
  • Image of village in a can # 164
  • Image of village in a can # 164

It was in 2013 when I first started to make tiny houses out of the wood remnants from frame making.I wanted to put the scraps to good use and be able to incorporate what I made into my exhibitions. The houses I made were placed upon the edges of my finished and framed works, adorning the wood frames from which their material came from. This project fit right into my method and dealt with the growing piles of flotsam and jetsam.
It was at the end of my 2013 exhibition when I found myself with hundreds of my tiny houses back in my possession. I needed to find a new use for them.
The concept of the Village in a Can came to me while brainstorming ways to raise money to replenish the studio of the materials used up over a years time of work. I noticed that every week my recycling bin was filled with empty aluminum cans.It quickly struck me that these would be a perfect vehicle for offering up an assortment of houses.
The concept fulfilled so many of my needs when it comes to my work. I was able to recycle, repurpose, and make accessible my work to a broader audience who now have a chance to live with a bit of what happens in my studio.

So I made a label design, cut lids out of old materials from a previous installation(more repurposing!) and the first batch of cans were released.
Now 6 years later I find myself still drawn to the habit! With new colors, window treatment and special collector can editions offered each year.

Here is one of the classic standard but by no means mediocre Villages In A Can.
Every can is numbered, signed and is filled with 11 one of a kind houses.

I want to share with you the whole process but it would so much to say here so I decided in 2018 to make a short movie that gives not only the process but a bit of history of the evolution in my work that led to the creation of the Village In A Can.

Please copy this link to the Village In A Can movie on YouTube

≈Something EXTRA for 2018 is the Willy Wonka inspired GOLDEN HOUSE giveaway!
I am randomly placing 5 full golden houses in 5 different cans. The houses have their number stamped with a 4 digit code on the back which the winner can use to claim a prize which they choose from an assortment I will present to them.I love interaction with my collectors and I love awarding loyal supporters. This is another way I get to say thank you and to make art collecting less elitist and fun. Not just a playground for the secondary market blue chip tossing few. I want to help reclaim the essence of art. For me it is the journey that is the reward. And I am grateful for all the help I get that honestly keeps the lights on and the heats going in my studio!


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