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A Portrait of Mendocino Village. A projected artwork by Ben Wood

Restoration Projection, San Francisco Art Institute 2002 Ben Wood

'The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods'. . .Harvey Milk

San Francisco based projection artist Ben Wood is currently preparing for an upcoming projected artwork with the Mendocino Art Center for the inaugural "Almost Fringe Festival" on the evenings of April 7th and 8th. This new projected artwork focuses on the faces and spaces of the village.

The animated artwork will present image sequences as time-lapses, cycling through portraits of the town's citizens, its artists, actors, musicians, book sellers, librarians, tour guides, historians, merchants, servers, inn-keepers, shop keepers, gardeners, cooks, residents and tourists in their spaces. People will be featured in their physical setting as animated portraits briefly carrying out their activity.

The artwork will focus on the local community members, it's quietly dedicated citizens and workers who comprise a vital source for preservation of the towns identity and the village itself as a vibrant West Coast destination of natural, cultural and architectural heritage.

It will be a contemporary animated portrait of Mendocino village presenting visually dramatic moving portraits and landscapes to be embedded as an after dark projected artwork onto the facade of a Moody's Coffee bar in the village for the upcoming Mendocino Almost Fringe Festival on April 7, 8. The completed artwork will be projected onto the facade of Moody's Coffee at 10450 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460

Where: Moody's Organic Coffee10450 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA

When: The projection event will begin on 8:20pm April 7th and 8th

The video loop will start approximately at 20 minutes intervals such as 8:20 pm, 8:40 pm, 9:00 pm and will run until 10pm

The artworks goal is to embody the uplifting ideals of Mendocino as a town where people can get to work in their neighborhood, livelihoods and within their community to repair the world.

Mendocino Village community members were invited to participate and recorded and interviewed on March 3, 4 2017 and will be featured as part of this community based artwork.

Special thanks to the The Mendocino Tourism Commission which made a generous contribution of $2,500 towards the production of "A Portrait of Mendocino".

Also many thanks to the people of Mendocino, Danna Hall, Exhibitions Coordinator, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino Sheriffs Department, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department, Moody's Organic Coffee bar.

Update from Ben Wood

"During the weekend of March 4th my 30+ interviews captured a microcosm of Mendocino daily life from a spectrum of people from native Mendocinoans going back generations to hippies who broke down outside of town and never left. I elicited a range of powerful stories from artists to store clerks, police, street vendors, voluntary firefighters, book sellers, homeless people and many others. Over the next few weeks I will be editing these images and stories together to create a projected artwork that I hope will reveal a compelling portrait of this vibrant community. I look forward to sharing this project next month for the upcoming Fringe Festival. Stay tuned and meanwhile keep getting the word out to help raise funds for the completion of my work."


Please help make this happen!

For this project I am hoping to raise support from the community for a minimum of $7,500. in order to pay for my time and expenses.

Donate Here

Your support will go towards important production costs such as vital projector equipment, animated editing effects and basic costs. It is vital to the fully realization of this project that I raise the rest of the money, without it the full realization of the project won't be possible.

$3,000 of $7,500 raised as of March 9, 2017

Please consider contributing and spreading the word around town and sharing with your friends via email and facebook


Awarded Richard and Julia Moe Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Haas-Lilienthal House

Haas Lilienthal House

With project partner, San Francisco Heritage I have won a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to animate the windows of the historic museum, San Francisco's Haas-Lilienthal House with after dark projected-art work.

The Moe Fund, is a special program of the National Trust that encourages state and local preservation organizations to envision and test creative, "break-through" ideas and strategies. The fund encourages members of the National Trust's Partners Network to undertake new initiatives that have a demonstrable impact on their work or their community.

The project will take place some time in 2017 at the Haas-Lilienthal House. - Stay Tuned!