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MORTVILLE

MORTVILLE was the top floor of a warehouse that Clayton Bond and myself lived, curated, and ran from 2008 - 2013. We would come up with themes, and then build huge sets in our 1700+ sq foot space where bands and performances would take place.
Below is some of the documentation of the sets we built on a $0 budget.

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Funhouse

Opened July 1,5 2011 to kick off Bitchpork, a three day music fest w/ 48 bands and three stages.

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Events in History

Events in History was up from May 13, 2011 to late June 2011. The idea was to build sets based off of "historical events".
There was a dinosaur area, medieval torture chamber, Gone with the Wind Price is Right showcase, Mount Rushmore, History of Mortville wheatpaste, Manson Murders, the Birth of Jesus, Richard Speck arrest site, Elvis, and the moon landing.
I personally built the Gone with the Wind Price is Right showcase, and Mount Rushmore.

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Neverending Candyman

Neverending Candyman was inspired by the movies Neverending Story, and Candyman.
This set up was up for one night only, and the documentation is not so great- to pretty much non existant. For this set we painted a mural of candyman's hook on our ceiling, a gigantic couch/Falkor, a cave, mirror gate where you see your "true" self (I put Oprah as the reflection), and the candyman mural where you walk through the mouth.

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Garbage World Kids

The Garbage World Kids set was inspired by the 3 day performance art festival 'Garbage World', which was curated by Eileen Lillian Doyle.
Here are a few pictures below of the garbage pail kids that I made.

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Summer

The Summer set opened on April1 1, 2010 and closed on

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Apocolypse

The apocolypse set opened November 5, 2009 and was basically taking the previous set (a street-scape) and making it look like the world had ended. I re-created the room from Goodnight, Moon, and turned the "motel" into a black hole, leading into a weird cult. A women with a watermelon stomache, among many other things.

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Street Scene

We wanted to have a set that showcased the flyers of , and I came up with the idea that we build a street scene to paste the flyers on. I built the motel, the $5 store, and white widow lounge. Clayton built the video rental store and pharmacy.

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The Slow Club

I recreated The Slow Club from Blue Velvet, a movie by David Lynch. It opened on May 30, 2009.

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$5 Store

The $5 Store was Mortville's first set. We put a call out on craigslist, and myspace for artists to make items that you would find in a corner store, and then sell them for $5 each.
it opened April 10, 2009

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