This 1977 video was originally done for Dave Hatch in the San Jose State University Art Department by Glen Pensinger, Mike Brinks and I. It focuses on sculpture artist Michael Cooper who is seen here working on a full-sized, stylized turbo motorcycle made entirely out of twenty-six kinds of rare-earth woods. Although there is some metal inside it, everything you see is wood. The wheels are wood. The spokes are wood. The chain is wood. The exhaust pipes are wood, and even the gas tank is wood.

Turbo took almost a year and a third to construct and its first showing was at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of an anti-gun series.

Mike talks about his interest in motorcycles, the materials he’s working with, and the problems he has working with apprentices. He also talks about the difficulty he sometimes has in communicating with other professionals, the reasons that he came up with the gun series in the first place, and his frustration with mistakes.

If you've never seen or met Mike Cooper, you're in for a treat.

For you techies, this was done in the late seventies. The original footage was recorded on open-reel EIAJ half inch videotape, transferred to two inch quad tape, and then edited quad to quad. And, there was only one channel of audio. So, the voiceovers are rolling wild off of a quarter inch audio tape player.

OBTW: This is a revised issue of this program. My able video partner Glen Pensinger took a lot of his time to remove most of the glitches and dropouts that are endemic to old “Quad” recordings. Thanks Glen.

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