PROJECTS

 

Projects is a loose term. I use it to describe things that have borders and agendas, that are intentional and thought-provoking, that often involve the participation of others, and that may or may not generate revenue. Some of my projects are collaborative, some are unfinished or without end, some are devotional, some are musical, and some are ritual. Click around to investigate.

 
 
 

OMO | Arts & Crafts

Omo is a studio, a workshop, a gallery, a storefront, and a place for artistic experimentation. It is comprised of the individual and collaborative work of Jason Fiske and Kelly Schirmann and includes furniture, ceramics, prints, books, textiles, clothing, photographs, films, and music.

We make everything by hand, with the utmost care and respect for our materials and the process by which we shape them. Therefore, everything we make is infused with hours (weeks or months) of patience, love, and focused energy.

See more work at have-a-nice-life.com.

 
 
 
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Poetry Broadsides

An ongoing visual art + poetry project incorporating prose, symbols, and hand-lettered fragments on found photographs or pages torn from vintage magazines, as an experiment in broadcasting and marketing vulnerability.

I made these in collaboration with others and in small series by myself. Collections of these poetry broadsides were shown at Liberation Yoga in Los Angeles; and at the People's Yoga Northeast and the Waypost in Portland, Oregon.

You can buy mid-grade prints + pillows + outdated phone cases of these things here.

 
 
 

Black Cake Records

Black Cake is a web-based record label for poetry and other experiments which released over twenty albums of spoken word, sound, and field recordings by contemporary poets from 2013-2015.

Participating poets include: Sommer Browning, Lisa Ciccarello, Dot Devota, Brian Foley, Jon-Michael Frank, Emily Kendal Frey, Cassandra Gillig, Rachel B. Glaser, Robert Duncan Gray, Chelsea Hodson, Zachary Schomburg, Danniel Schoonebeek, Brandon Shimoda, Sampson Starkweather, Bianca Stone, Nick Sturm, Sara Woods, Wendy Xu, and Mike Young.

All poetry albums are available to stream, share, and download on a pay-what-you-want basis, and are archived at blackcake.org.

 
 
 
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Reagan's Kids

Founded in 2008 as a thought experiment and arts journal, Reagan's Kids is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of those who were born during the Reagan Administration (1981-1989) and who were therefore conceived at a time when the national rhetoric was most mobilized against artists and the poor.

Reagan's Kids utilized the nostalgic power of the Gipper's name to raise money for under-employed punk artists ("Would you like to donate to Reagan's Kids?"), especially in wealthier neighborhoods that would otherwise never support struggling young people. 

Established in Portland, Oregon in 2008 by Emily May and Kelly Schirmann.