Here's the drawing that sprang out of the conversation between Bec, Ruben, Barbara and I. As a companion to the drawing, I thought it would be interesting to include some of the images Barbara gathers for her research and inspiration so they could flesh out the overall feeling of the piece. The images and ideas in the drawing are like birds fluttering around in a cage. As Barbara said, it is a marriage machine; a machine that ingested our conversation and created its own architecture with the ideas strung up like laundry on a line.
"I wanted to make a sort of machine made out of parts from other 'soft' architectural machines that the couple bring to the marriage: cameras, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaudi and Man Ray.... So, it is a diagrammatic marriage machine..."
I wanted to extract from our correspondence, since Nicholas' words and thoughtfulness are so much a part of his art. These pieces of jewelry were borrowed and returned and had symbolic value for the couple; Nicholas made reliquaries for them to temporarily rest. When the mementos were returned, their resting places became even more meaningful; their memory filled the spaces like the dent in a pillow or a scent of a person after they've left a bed.
This is from Nicholas early on in the project: "I ordered a 1869 copy of ‘the science of new life’ a book on marriage that I will probably attack and use as the container of one of our new martian photos about love and bonding. Its filled with wonderful advice for both the wedding and afterwards."
A couple of other quotes: "I like the way certain books have carved out holes for precious objects and family heirlooms. I was interested in defacing the book’s victorian ideas about marriage using your family treasures and inserting the future of love and the intertwined martian couple in white bound into the book. My hopes were to dye the pages of the book blue without destroying it, so that may take some engineering. It will be a Kahn + Selesnick collaboration, just one that is more from Kahn because of my long standing friendship and sympathies toward Ms. Hubby and her exceptional Art."
"Something borrowed something blue" is a Victorian manual for marriage, painted blue, carved into a case for the bride’s borrowed jewels and sitting upon the groom’s blue sandbag from his filmmaking work, encases a new photo from Kahn & Selesnick from Mars in the future, of two people joined back to back by a tangle of connections."
As dinner commenced, Michele assembled and activated the colorful and deeply vibrant glitter-laden constellation that served as a heart-full space, in which guests had their portraits taken. Once erected, the colored light acted like a siren's song wooing everyone to line up and get snapped. It inspired everyone to get out of their seats, and they chatted and laughed while waiting to strike a pose with their mates and/or friends and loved ones. The energized conversation it created was magical. Any disparate elements of the crowd dissolved under the gels, hearts and stars. This was an element of the wedding that far exceeded any expectation; it joyously erupted and drew people together, and now exists as full-blown saturated memory of the day.
“My assignment was to make a set for guests at the wedding to be photographed in, so my thoughts ran to the cosmicness of love, which would of course necessitate a lot of glitter and hearts.”
Ruben's parents, the Diaz's ===============
Bec's parents, the Ulrich's ===========================
Mike Slack and Tricia Gabriel =============================
Dave Jones and Ross McAlpine ============================
Tif Sigfrids and Russell Ferguson =================================
Paul Kopeikin, me and Steffie Nelson =============================================== *Michele O’Marah
Here's George Porcari, our distinguished 2nd cameraman, and Penelope Gonzales, whose enthusiasm for the Get Hubbied fake tattoos was incomparable.
Lawrence Barth and Abel Gutierrez, the artist who painted the couple's portraits ============================================================================
My dad, Dr. Ben Hubby in his inspired wedding attire, and equally inspired stunner, Rose Apodaca =================================================================================================
New friends, Marie and Dannie Cavanaugh ========================================
Dad, our unofficial third cameraman, and the lovely Asuka Hisa ==============================================================
My sister, Bolyn Hubby, mom, Barbara Gillespie, and moi, getting the cogs of the machine greased and spinning
the groom's family table, the Diaz's
DJ with the mostest, the dapper Joe Williams
I have no idea what I'm pointing at ==============================================================================
Tif's patience with me is remarkable ====================================
At the very least, I hug ==============
the halo of the room ====================
Bec's wedding and engagement rings were made from:
Even before she learned of the engagement, Bec's mother, Kathy, had brought her original wedding ring to give to to Ruben in Arizona. But what was to be the engagement ring needed a stone. Ruben's mother, Grace, hearing that Kathy had given her ring, also wanted to contribute and so she gave the diamonds from a wedding ring that she no longer wore. Lastly, Ruben's father Jesse, who Ruben is very close to, offered his original wedding band. Chris' design was a wonderful amalgamation of these family rings.
Ruben's Dad's Original Wedding Band - Chris fixed it, polished it, sharpened it and dipped it to match Bec's rings
Finished wedding rings
Photo By Tyler
Side of Finished Ring
Jewelry Designer Chris Neff
designed and made from scratch by Bec
Bec's Mom's Dress- Original Wedding Gown
Original Prom Dress- The dress I wore to my prom in 1996
Photos by Ruben Diaz ====================
Finished wedding dress and Ruben's suit
Finished prom dress ===================
Photos by Tyler HubbyPosted by hubbyco on 11/13/11 | Permalink
Daveed Kapoor and Alison Kudlow collaborated to create a uniquely peaceful space for the couple to reconnect after the ceremony when prompted to think about the jewish ritual called Yichud, where the man and wife would have a secluded time together after just gettting married. The artists re-imagined the traditional atrium—a domestic area open to the sky—by installing a fabric roof with a rectangular opening over the bed. They created a bed of Silver Carpet (Lessingia), a California native, as the first place for the couple to lay together post-nuptials.
A week later Bec, Ruben, Daveed and Alison planted the silver-leafed vines on an unkempt hill across the street from the couple’s home.
www.AlisonKudlow.net, www.utopiad.org, www.daveedkapoor.comPosted by hubbyco on 11/10/11 | Permalink
Photo by Rose Apodaca
Karen Lofgren, you are my hero! The cake set the mood beautifully for the entire wedding. Centered on top of the piano, it greeted the guests as they arrived. It was so unexpected, no one could believe it was the cake. It was utterly and completely unique, thought provoking, and humor-filled. As the pictures will show, it took on the role of a more traditional wedding cake though in perfect timing. The bride and groom reciprocally fed each other with it, and then the crowd feasted upon it.
“I wanted the cake and cake topper to appear to be industrial supplies for building actual foundations, yet exist materially as fragile, ephemeral objects.” add quotes and cap first I ~ Karen
Photos by Tyler Hubby =====================Posted by hubbyco on 11/04/11 | Permalink
- Project Home
- Video Interviews
- Bec and Ruben
- Classified Ad
- Skip Arnold
- Barbara Bestor
- The trio, 'The Boyfriend,' Chris Kuhrt, Stephen Schilling & Mark Simon
- Joshua Callaghan
- Cal Clements
- Gerald Davis
- Abel Baker Gutierrez
- Roger Herman
- Bettina Hubby
- Samo Hurt (AKA David G.A. Stephenson) - ballad for Bec and Ruben
- Tyler Hubby
- Christopher James
- David Jones & Kelly Marie Martin
- Kahn & Selesnick
- Daveed Kapoor and Alison Kudlow -Yichud
- Kate Mayfield & Ade Ratna
- Karen Lofgren
- Miguel Nelson
- Michele O'Marah
- Terri Phillips
- Olivia Primé
- Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
- Ed Ruscha
- Tif Sigfrids
- Mike Slack
- Joe Sola
- George Stoll
- William Stone
- Marriage Poll
- Other Marriage Art
- Why are we doing this?
- About Hubby
- Thank yous