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.
Omo makes 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.
Sung Mountains is an ongoing collaborative music project (aka “a band”) consisting of myself and Jay Fiske, and sometimes others.
Our first album, Sanctuary, was released on March 1, 2019. The album was recorded and mixed by Daniel Nickerson at The Sanctuary in Arcata, California, in June 2018.
The name Sung Mountains refers to a passage in Gary Snyder’s The Real Work, in which he describes his practice of ‘singing the mountain range’ in the places he visited, in an effort to acquaint himself with the musicality of the land.
Demos and experiments can be found at sungmountains.bandcamp.com. Sanctuary is also available on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, and all the other places.
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 + 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.
Young Family was a long-distance musical collaboration between myself and Sam Pink. We recorded and built songs via email and released two albums from 2012-2014.
Our first album, You Ruined It, was named by Tao Lin in FADER Magazine as one of his favorite albums of 2012. He made a music video for our song “$$” in 2013. You Ruined It was later released in a limited (now sold-out) run of cassette tapes by Dazzleships Records.
Our second album, King Cobra, was released on cassette tape by Spork Press.
To listen to and download our albums, please visit youngfamily.bandcamp.com.
Founded in 2008 as a thought experiment and arts journal, Reagan's Kids was envisioned as 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 and “unproductive.”
Reagan's Kids imagined a door-to-door canvassing campaign that utilized the nostalgic power of the Gipper to raise money for under-employed artists — "Would you like to donate to Reagan's Kids?" Funds would therefore be diverted from wealthy and conservative Reagan-sympathizers in direct support of the generation born into Reagan’s true legacy: 9/11, the Iraq War, the 2007-2008 housing market collapse, and the disappearance of both the middle class and its attendant social safety nets.
Established in Portland, Oregon in 2008 by Emily May and Kelly Schirmann.