Fauna: an Anthropocene Penny Press

w/ Stuart O. Anderson + various illustrators interactive custom-built penny-smashing machine   Fauna is an all-ages interactive mechanical sculpture that engages the public about extinction and wildlife adaptation in the Anthropocene through an elaborate, kinesthetic hand-operated “penny smasher.” Participants insert a US penny and turn a large wheel,

Shapeshifter

coyote pelt, steel leghold trap, taxidermy mannequin by John Schmidt 2016   Imaginary, human versions of wildlife stand both in parallel and in contrast with actual animals through our cultural vehicles of media, myth, and anthropomorphism. The contemporary American cohabitation with Coyote is a polyglot of Indigenous stories,

Attentat: Homestead, 1892

gilt oak & balsa wood on flocked display panel (gilding by Thad Kellstadt) 2012   Russian-born Alexander Berkman was a passionate writer, activist, and outspoken anarchist. In July, 1892, at age 22, Berkman attempted to assassinate Henry Clay Frick by shooting him with a pistol at close range, then

Attentat: Haymarket, 1886

cast lead + misc. parts, velvet pillow by Rebecca Susman 2012   During a peaceful street meeting of labor organizers and workers in Haymarket Square in Chicago, May 4, 1886, police arrived as usual to disperse the crowd with batons. An unknown person lobbed a homemade bomb into the

Welcome Home, Pioneer

(w/ Stuart O. Anderson) surplus motors, recycled bicycle drive trains, scrap aluminum, borrowed electronics, tumbleweed 2007     Tumbleweeds, as we know them, were first reported in 1877 in South Dakota - the seeds having been accidentally introduced alongside flax seeds by Ukrainian immigrant farmers. Within twenty years the plant