- 10:21 pm - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Day 2 on the road (don’t worry, we’re not giving too many more daily updates). We’re stopped for the day on the bank of the Mississippi just below Memphis. The only bad news is it looks like our house AC has already crapped out. It’s a bit warm (not Texas warm, but warm enough). Tomorrow we’ll hit a big box place and see if we can find a suitable replacement.
- 7:18 pm - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Hello from Rocky Point Park. We made it as far as Texarkana on Day One. As beta testers, we wanted to stop with some daylight left in order to sort out our gear and acclimate to life on the road. Plus, the view from our camp site is amazing. Tomorrow’s view should be of Memphis.
- 2:34 pm - Sat, Jul 19, 2014
We leave Houston on Monday and will aim the bus North. Be sure to keep checking back for updates as the real fun begins — linking up with artists and develop new exhibitions in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, — and if you see us on the road HONK long and loud!
- 8:04 am - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Cargo Space in the Midwest 2014
As we begin to gear up to leave Texas for the heartland, here are the Cargo Space events/exhibitions:
August 1-3 at the Great Poor Farm Experiment
August 7 at the Walker Art Center
August 14 - September 20 at A&D Gallery, Chicago
August 27 - September 20 at INOVA, Milwaukee
October 1 - November 17 at Bradley University, Peoria
We’ll travel about 3,000 miles, engage 18 artists, and stage 4 separate exhibitions. We’ll also produce a book at some point, as well as a few short films made along the way.
- 4:18 pm - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
Here’s our Eric Hester-modified tool box with a fancy coat of primer. It may stay primer for the next 3,000 miles or so.
- 12:07 am - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
Cargo Space: Now with MORE wizards!
The Phase Two changes have been happening so fast that we’ve not been able to keep up with them. The latest (and greatest) comes from our friend Dual who gave the bus a much needed exterior makeover. Glamour shots will follow, but here are a few Cargo Space selfies to whet your appetite.
- 4:21 pm - Mon, Jul 14, 2014
We’re getting a new skin today courtesy of Dual! More when it’s done…
- 11:23 am - Sun, Jul 13, 2014
It’s all in the prep. New skin for the bus tomorrow. Watch this space :-)
- 3:25 pm - Tue, Jul 8, 2014
A storage box bolted onto the back, courtesy of Nestor Topchy (straw hat) PLUS we have MERCH… Actually, it’s SWAG - gifts for a few friends of the Cargo Space. Not a friend? Click on the donate button and we’ll be your friend ;-)
- 3:10 pm - Mon, Jul 7, 2014
Rather than cut a 5” diameter hole in the bus to vent the house AC, we made a snazzy adapter for the window. It’s a little home brew, but better than a 5”(!) hole…
- 8:33 pm - Sat, Jul 5, 2014
After a dry fitting, we opted to give our rustic washstand a minimal footprint. While a little bit of counter space would be nice, it simply made things too cramped. We’ve also solved our house AC vent conundrum. After the appropriate amount of hand wringing, of course. As we round out the final week of work (we hope), we’ve got a few surprises in the mix. We don’t want to jinx it, hence mystery!
- 7:31 pm - Thu, Jul 3, 2014
There’s no free lunch. Everything has a cost. In the case of our HVAC, the choices were cut a hole in the ceiling or cut a hole in the wall. We opted for wall (duh), but we have to live with this appliance sitting here. It beats the alternative (a hole in our roof) but only just. These portable ACs have a mixed reputation. Once again we leap into the breach, full of hope — and we know that hope can be lethal ;-)
- 12:42 pm - Wed, Jul 2, 2014
The unfolded folding eBike is bigger than we expected. Folded, it will still eat up a chunk of space. There ARE worse things, we suppose.
- 1:49 pm - Tue, Jul 1, 2014
Clean bill of health!
The Cargo Space has received its shots, a new windshield wiper motor, and has been certified road safe and ready for another year. It was the expected result, but it’s still nice to hear. A week or ten days, at the outside, should see us on the road, with a complete suite of living necessities - water, power, and furniture. The to-do list is short and includes the house air conditioner, re-hanging the curtains, and the addition of some wood trim.
- 12:48 am - Mon, Jun 30, 2014
Although we have running water in the shower, there’s no sink in our lavatory (at least not in this phase ). The solution that we’ve landed on is to build an old-fashioned wash stand.
Ours is in-progress. It will occupy less space than the above example, but will have everything we need.
Once a hole is cut in the top — to hold the enameled wash basin — we’ll attach the top to the base. The base will hold a glass gallon jug of fresh water.
Although you can’t see it, the base is slatted to allow any spillage to drain away, rather than stand. The top will be cantilevered over the base, allowing a little elbow room, and will get braced once the top is attached. Hooks will hold hand towels. Of course, when it’s done, the whole thing will be bolted to the bulkhead and the floor. It’s slight, but a practical and solid solution.