Newsprint publication, 60-pages, full color, 11" x 17", plus a double-sided 24" x 36" poster, printed 2009, edition of 2000
In 2009, I joined an electrical lineman class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College a few blocks from my graduate studio. The “power class” taught fifty, 18-46 year olds, how to become power-pole technicians; a highly-skilled and well-paid trade.
As a student, I investigated art’s potential in this diverse microtopia. ‘Lineman’ is the culmination of four months at the power-pole training yard making performances, videos, photographs and oral histories.
It combines hundreds of photographs with texts from each classmate. Quoting Mr. Hammond's on page 21: “It was like, this atmosphere of power. The power itself wants me with it. It wants me to join with it.”