December 23, 2012
Where have we been? Too busy. Autumn Workshop was partially named for my seasonal obsession with the Fall, but also it’s significance as a period of time each year when we are especially active. This year, October and November were some of our busiest months. We had major fabrication projects, small furniture gigs, and were on a prototyping push for some new skateboard designs. Very little sleep, very productive, and generally overwhelming. We are looking forward to some calmer months ahead and getting some new photos up on the site.
June 11, 2012
So the opening reception for ‘Bionic Garden’ at Flux Factory was yesterday. The show will be up from June 9th to June 24th. I hope everyone can visit it. The group of artists present a fascinating array of projects dealing with the symbiotic relationships between the artificial (human made) world and botanic ecology.
Of course, my camera battery died at the opening, so here is a shot of our sweet truck loading job on the first install day…. More photos of our projects and those of the other artists to come soon.
May 29, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, June 9, 1 pm – 4 pm
Exhibition dates: June 9 – 24
Hours: open weekends, 12 – 6 pm or by appointment
Special Flux Thursday: June 14, 8 pm
Reclaiming Vacant Land workshop: Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm – 9 pm
Flux Factory is proud to present Bionic Garden, an exhibition that unveils how humans have adapted to grow plants in the most unlikely of ways and places. Works will be displayed in a range of environments that reflect the (often) limited environments that New Yorkers have to work with when it comes to exercising their own green thumbs: the Flux Factory gallery (naturally dark, concrete, drywall, insular), on its roof (unpredictable, exposed, bright), and reaching out into the community of Long Island City.
Viewers can expect to see indoor lawns, lofted vegetable gardens, crops that tweet when they’re in need of water, mobile gardens, new ways to subvert the homogenization of seed production, vines that have something to say, vertiginous grass, creepy containers which crumble as the fruits of their existence take over, and even use a spa getaway for their own tired, limp houseplants. Additionally, guest speakers for related events will share what it takes to create a real, sprawling rooftop farm; how to transform a dreary neighborhood plot into something more pleasant; and the importance of preserving indigenous trees in a concrete jungle.
We are super excited about being a part of this show. A couple pieces of our furniture and a custom vine vegetable trellis and growing system will be built and installed on the Flux Factory roof. Come check it out on the opening, or at some other random time. And check back here for updates of process shots / final shots of the installation.
AND, Special thanks to the folks at M. Fine Lumber in E. Williamsburg. These guys deal with reclaimed/recycled lumber and have been one of my go-to sources for the past couple years. They have generously donated all of the wood we are using to build the Flux installation! Thanks you M. Fine!
April 7, 2012
Autumn Workshop has been invited to participate in a Flux Factory exhibition in June of this year.
Lawrence’s Hanging Garden will reflect the diversity of relationships that New Yorkers have with their plants. Projects, installations, and artworks will be displayed in the Flux Factory gallery (naturally dark, cool, protected, insular), on its roof (unpredictable, exposed, bright), and ideally reaching out to the random patches of earth in our neighborhood of Long Island City (ripe with potential). Re-imagine urban spaces both private and public in an effort to bring resourcefulness and ingenuity to our immediate community.
Our proposal is a modular, yet organically fabricated trellis structure that will create the framework for vertically growing, fruit bearing plants such as pole beans, trombone squash, and vine tomatoes. The structure will include several sub-irrigated planters to feed the structure which will feed the residents of Flux Factory!
Here is a concept ‘napkin’ sketch… stay tuned for more information as it gets closer…
March 1, 2012
After a prolonged hiatus from updating anything on this website, we have revamped the look of autumn-workshop.com, begun new projects, gotten some of our stock listed on our shop, and are gearing up for a productive year! With that being said, I’m about to post a teaser of a new dining table under construction. Stay tuned for lots of updates.
March 20, 2011
As part of the ongoing show at Saffron, we created 30 test tube vases, 3 flask vases, and a series of logs with test tubes imbedded in them to showcase the wonderful and exotic stems available at Saffron. The steel pieces are made entirely of cutoffs from previous projects, and the logs were just lying around the shop, leftovers from the birch lamp production. Gotta use those scraps! Upcycle.