The "Subway Bubbles" series part of a two person show at Gallery 77 in Jackson Heights, Queens. The joint show, called "Subway Series" comprised of works that incorporate sketches of New Yorkers on the subway. Process: As I travelled on the NYC subway, I sketched my fellow straphangers as they snoozed, browsed their phones, chatted, and thought deep thoughts. I did the sketches using Zebra brand felt tip markers. Then I photocopied them onto watercolor paper. I cut circular shapes and glued them to abstract swirling acrylic painted patterned canvas. I painted over the portraits to create blue tinted shadow, Then I painted subway-map inspired network diagrams with glass dust impregnated acrylic paint to connect the portraits visually. At this point I added glass beads to the surface of each canvas. I glued on a little paper "tag" with an ink drawing next to my signature. Finally, I painted larger versions of the images in silver acrylic over each corresponding canvas. The images a person riding a giant snail, a flying cyclops, and a sea serpent came out of my mind unbidden, spontaneously, a little bit of magic to bind these portraits together as they hurtle to their destinations.
Talking With Drawings
Title: Cultivating Friendships on Emergent Platforms in an Age of Disconnection
Description: How many close friends do you have? According to some research, that number for adults in the USA is two. A few years ago, after having moved around to various cities, and then back to NYC afterward, I found my network of real friendships had decayed. I decided to taking things into my own hands, and this is the story of what happened and how I did it.
Where: I gave this illustrated talk at qLabs in the Flatiron District, NYC, at an event called the Reboot Workshop, created by Reboot Labs.
Title: A Nomad's View of Power
Description: I flipped the script on the theme of this TEDxPittsburgh, which was "power." Pittsburgh was in the midst of the gas and shale oil boom and that's what a lot of folks talked about. I talked about the power of perception and creativity you cultivate from living in multiple places, as a modern day nomad.
Where: I gave this illustrated talk at TEDxPittsburgh at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (where they had a tiger in a cage in one of the lobbies!).
Description: In this illustrated talk, I have a lot of fun probing my fear of and fascination with snakes. Whether you fear serpents or not, we all are scared of something. In my case, it help me to really dig in and explore the fear, and come out with some laughs.
Where: I have given this talk a few places, but this telling happened at Pecha Kucha Philly.
Title: The War on Sugar
Description: Sadly, I don't have a video of me performing the telling of this story to go with the slide deck. But I love this deck, and should get out and perform it again so I can get it on video. In this illustrated talk, I pose an alternate reality where in 1972, instead of declaring the War on Drugs, Nixon declared a war on Sugar. It's equally defensible, after all, sugar kills thousands due to diabetes, obesity, and so on. And the results are equally predictable as what happened in our war on drugs. People of color criminalized and incarcerated, a swelling prison population, rich white kids flying to Amsterdam to eat cake in coffeeshops, a degradation of our democracy. The crazy thing is that people came up to me after the talk who thought it was a good idea to ban sugar. Sigh.
Where: AssemblePGH, Pecha Kucha Night.
Graphic Recording (Large Scale Visual Meeting Notes)
Event: Obamathon Hackathon at NYU
Description: In the waning days of the Obama administration, the White House released datasets related to use of social media by the Obamas and the administration to partners around the country so those partners could examine and use the data for various projects. One of those partners was the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU which held a hackathon to make creative technology projects using the data. I helped kick the event off by capturing the guidelines, resources, and initial project ideation with large scale visual notes. This video shows me in action, as well as a sample of what was created that day.
Event: Disruptive Innovations In Clinical Trials Conference
Description: This piece captures talks by Esther Dyson and Sarah Holoubek who each gave their perspectives on how to improve health and wellness at the dPharm 2017 conference in Boston. Dyson focused on addressing root causes and Holoubek on following a structured process to guide the inevitable messiness of innovation in healthcare.
Event: ActLocal 2017, NYC
Description: In November of 2017, ActLocal brought together hundreds of community organizers, faith leaders, and citizen leaders in cities across the country to build local power and promote cooperation across the progressive movement. I was there to capture the discussions with large scale visual notes building a group memory for the participants.
Event: 10th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference, NYC.
Description: In this conference, stakeholders from NYC discussed what equality actually means and what challenges and opportunities exist to promote equality. The conference was run by Asian Americans for Equality which has a long and rich history working to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all of those who are in need. I supported the event with visual listening.
Teaching Visual Sensemaking
Event: 10th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference, NYC
Description: In this session, conference participants drew pictures of what equality looked like in real life. Then they shared those drawings with each other at their tables. Finally we created a pop-up gallery of there visualizations. Since people have varying comfort levels with drawing, I kicked off the activity with a quick drawing lesson.