by Ben Wood
Published on Feb 27, 2016
Great news for the project! the Mendocino Fringe Festival Committee reviewed, discussed and made a recommendation to fund $2,500 towards the production of "A Portrait of Mendocino".
Also many thanks for donations so far from Paul Douglas, John Osborne, PhD, Susan b. Wood, Mary Charlebois, Pat Scott, Elizabeth Fu and in kind donation from Marty Nemko, PhD., Eric and Elaine Wing Hillesland
The completed artwork will be presented during the inaugural Fringe Festival on Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th, at sundown. Location to be announced - stay tuned!
by Ben Wood
Published on Feb 20, 2016
He proposes to 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 building in the village for the upcoming Mendocino Almost Fringe Festival on April 7, 8. Specific projection location is yet to be determined.
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.
Much gratitude to Art Center Exhibitions Coordinator Dana Hall for motivating a new project with the town especially for the upcoming festival.
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by Ben Wood
Published on December 20th, 2016
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!
Ben Wood is the middle of a set of triplets, the others being Bryan (identical) and Richard (fraternal) When the Wood Triplets were born, they were the first triplets to be born in many years at Southlands Hospital in West Sussex, United Kingdom. Ben weighed the least at a little under 2 llbs. He is one of six boys.See news from 1980.