Only back in Houston for a day, and we’re already on the road again. This time it’s with Rice students as part of the Outside Context class. These young artists are making new artworks that will appear as billboards next month. These works will be made after a period of research, and some interaction with students at Texas A&M, in College Station.
(A candid moment before departure)
We’ll also make a Cargo Space billboard. And when the billboards come down, we’ll capture it them to make awnings, book bags, and more.
We raced the leading edge of a winter storm all the from Tulsa to Houston, narrowly escaping freezing rain and snow. The bus runs like a top now. However, it wouldn’t be the Cargo Space without a new issue. The driver’s windshield cracked about 70 miles from home. Frowny face.
We’re packing up at the Hardesty, and by tomorrow we’ll be on the road to Houston. With all the nostalgia in the air, here are a few of our favorite pictures taken by Geoffrey Hicks. No doubt some of these will end up in the upcoming book that will document the project.
Despite our nagging electrical problem, future Cargo Space expeditions are already in the works. Distances measured in the thousands of miles, not hundreds. Multiple states, multiple exhibitions, and more than a dozen artists over the next 12 months.
It’s your last week to see our work-product in Tulsa. We’re already hard at work on the companion book. Expect it to appear in January.
Mercury is in retrograde. We’ve felt it firsthand.
It’s a long story, but the short version is that we took the bus to Tulsa Freightliner, and they sat on it for more than two weeks(!!), before deciding that they couldn’t do anything to fix it.
The bus is now with United Engines in Tulsa. We’re hoping for better luck. The problem with the bus isn’t a big problem, it just requires someone with the patience to track it down this pesky electrical problem.
A few more days and Mercury will start moving the right direction again, and so will the Cargo Space.
We’re back in Tulsa (again). This time Mike Beradino and Natasha Bowdoin are here to install their work as part of the Cargo Space residency. Drop by the Hardesty Arts Center to see the magic happening!
We’ve been dealing with the same electrical issue for weeks now. It’s intermittent, meaning that when we deliver it to the mechanic, the bus behaves itself, and when we’re on the road, it acts out. We are meeting this problem with determination. We will nail this persistent goblin. Clearing the decks for some other, future problem, of course.
Some advice for those of you who might be considering a transit bus or school bus conversion. Get a machine that doesn’t have a brain. A pre-computerization vehicle would mean that, after learning diesel mechanics, we could work on the thing ourselves. More electricity means more wiring means more opportunity for hi-jinx like we’ve been experiencing.
Fortunately, and we still consider ourselves fortunate, these problems won’t interfere with our residency at the Hardesty Arts Center. In dealing with all of these issues, we’re learning that a strict timetable and transit across long distances aren’t all that compatible. We get there when we get there will be our new mantra.
If you are in Tulsa this Friday, stop in and see Natasha Bowdoin and Mike Beradino install their contribution to the 77001 > 74103 exhibition. After this weekend, the exhibition will be complete and on view through November 21.
And finally, watch for the Cargo Space: 77001 > 74103 book that we’ll produce, featuring an essay by Michelle Grabner and including documentary images of the exhibition, as well as a small DIY bus conversion guide. Don’t expect it before January, but we’ll release snippets of it as it develops.
We’re experiencing identical mechanical problems leaving Tulsa. Once again we’re leaving the bus at Freightliner and flying back to Houston. 4th time’s the charm on getting this speedometer problem sorted out. As always, watch this space for updates.