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Public Performance, Character Design 2014

Bill Shannon Dancer Maker Artist Reuse Recycle Upcycle Dream whatiswhat Performance Strategy, "Manifestation Of The Minds' Eye Imagined" #billshannon 2014 Photo by Garret Jones 2014

Bill Shannon Dancer Maker Artist Reuse Recycle Upcycle Dream whatiswhat Street Performance, Skateboarding Crutch Goofball Provocateur Character #billshannon 2014 Photo by Garret Jones 2014

ReUse, ReCycle, UpCycle, Create, Grow

Bill Shannon Art and Life

Above: Food Cultivation and Deer Fence. Being involved in planting food for my family and working on securing the plants from deer, groundhogs and rats has been fun and exhausting simultaneously. I dread battling with fungus or insects and pests but so far I have not had any of those types of problems. I thought I would share these images though not exactly my work in an "ART" sort of way because it is where my creative path has brought me these past months.

Flare to Freeze

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Above: Finally pulled off a freeze ( "Crossed-Lean Freeze from Shannon Technique" out of a flare.@ 0:14 Not the prettiest flare ever but sticking the end makes it postable. Been trying to come out of flares for years with something that is more dynamic than just putting my feet down.

Wrapped an 8 week Solo Exhibition Dec 2013 - FEB 2014

Here is a REVIEW of the full show.

BELOW: playing in the studio in the run up to the opening

"Little Friends" - Bill Shannon 2013 12guage brass plate w/patina cut and formed 3"x2"

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MAKER DANCER: Make Video Rig. Perform. Exhibit.

This post is intended to be a roundup of recent activities and not the final word on any of the works here.

BILL SHANNON Cirque Visa RJD2 Dance Performance Art Fleetmoves

ABOVE: "Liquid Light" Site Specific Video and Performance at Long Pond, Wellfleet MA presented as a part of Fleetmoves Dance Festival 2013. photo by Whitney Brown. This work focused on the kinetic nature of the video rig and its placement in a large body of water to allow for a live birdseye view of my continuous circuitous performance in the water for the camera above. I wanted to show and perform the fluidity of my many years of swimming to the audience on the shore. The only sport of my childhood years that was medically approved. "Dancer in Chair" and new street persona after the jump.

Embrace Ones Disability, Running from it is for the Movies

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ABOVE: An excerpt from the film Forest Gump. The main character, Forest, is chased by bullies and runs away while shedding his braces. The scene is a touchstone for the entire film in which Forest, a mildly developmentally disabled adult, lives a life full of romance, adventure and prosperity while blissfully unaware of his dumb luck. I am thankful not to have seen the film Forest Gump as a young child with braces on my legs who also ran from bullies.

 

New Work on Exhibit @ Dance New Amsterdam NYC

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Above: Used Dance Shirt. Part of showing of work at Dance New Amsterdam. Just occured to me I need a "performance artifiact" tag

New Sculpture

BILL SHANNON, whatiswhat.com, disability, dance, performance art, installation Above: Inspired by the Cubist painting movement This piece remixes the mundane architectural details of the space that surrounds it. I built this piece over the past six months at home, Tech Shop Pittsburgh and Dance New Amsterdam. Still creating new content for it. 10'x10'x8'

Spring 2013

My plate is full this year with multiple ongoing projects. The Rex "project" mentioned below several months ago has stabilized after 6 months of staggeringly little sleep ( or awake-ness ) and I am happy to share with you that the Rexy continues to payoff in a myriad of very small beautiful ways and I am BACK!

BILL SHANNON, whatiswhat.com, disability, dance, performance art

ABOVE: Limited Edition Lithographic Print by Bill Shannon, "I Will Dance With Strangers" 2012 I have ten of these for sale.

My latest time consuming project. I call it REX.

Its overall kinda work. Thanks for checking in. Writing is happening. <3

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Heavy Rotation NOV 2012

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GIL SCOTT HERON Storm Music  thank you Mr. Heron. Unprecedented storms on multiple fronts figuratively and literally.

RIP B-ILL

My dance family in NYC has been on the forefront of merging house dance and bboying flavors in dynamic and ever shifting ways since the 90's. It saddens me to share with you, my fans and followers that recently we lost one of our members B-Ill. Ths is a dancer who I had featured in a stage production called "Sketchy". The Fénz family gathered for Sketchy were veteran Step-Fénz and the next generation of the crew The X-Fénz. B-Ill represented the cutting edge of a new breakin style called "circus style" for Sketchy. B-Ill was also a featured dancer during a Maker Faire presentation in NYC I gave last year. In both events he delivered crowd pleasing and astounding moves. This video shows B-Ill presenting his "Circus Style" of dance in a rare backstage look at cast of Sketchy. I remember these days of building with the crew fondly and I always will. RIP B-Ill it was an honor to work with you.

ABOVE: Video footage of B-Ill participating in my stage production Sketchy featuring multiple generations of the Fénz Family

Barnum Parade 2012 / For The Love of Circus

I have always loved photgraphing people since my very first Black Plastic Kodak Instamatic Rectangular box. Accidently encountering the P.T. Barnum Parade was a treat. There were no animals in the Parade.

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ABOVE: P.T. Barnum Parade 2012 / Drumcore

Skateboard Graphic Strategy To Validate Medical Usage

Bill Shannon RJD2 WORK IT OUT VISA FLOW Crutchmaster whatiswhat.com

ABOVE: Painted Skateboard Griptape Graphics To Communicate medical usage of Crutches with a Skateboard To Complete Strangers. The graphics emulate existing color and symbols in public space for safety boundaries and disabled people. I also added the Red Cross with MED written inside it to further reinforce the message. Normally graphics are painted on the bottom of the board and the tops are black griptape. Communicating through symbols from the top of the board is a very useful way to answer questions without them being asked.

GO SKATE DAY Interview On VeganSkateBlog.com

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National Go Skateboarding Day is June 21st

ABOVE: Arrested For Protesting Skateboarding Ban In Pittsburgh 1988

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

ABOVE: A Rainbow Arcs Across the Sky At WildReds Gardens. A peaceful moment. A gift from nature. Awe inspiring and humbling. There are very few moments in my life where I am setback from all the current contexts political personal etc. and can just breath and watch. This was one of them. It was hard to take a picture because I just wanted to look. A double rainbow floating in the mist on the first day of June of 2012.

DANCE PARADE 2012 Stills by Thos

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ABOVE: Custom Skateboard Paintjob @ Parade Starting Point /Photo by THOS

NYC DANCE PARADE 2012 was a fun and exhausting affair. I danced every block two or three times using my skateboard to exhibit my Step-N-Roll Flavor. I cannot really decide on how to title the form. Is it Stepping-Roll, Steppin-Roll or Step-N-Roll .. These are the kind of decisions I am not very good at making. Tons more images after the jump

KEEP KEEP KEEP DANCING DANCING DANCING

Greetings dear Readers. It has been far too long since I have last posted here. If you have been with me since the beginning then you are well aware that I do have these long breaks between posts. This site is not really a bloggers site, in the blogger sense of blogging daily, but rather an artist's site that starts and stops and starts again with a regular irregularity.

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ABOVE: "Keep Dancing" Intaglio Ink Print on Archival Paper 8x10 2012

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