Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(New York, NY)Dustin Grella

Dustin Grella was raised in the rural community of Medina, Ohio, and now resides in New York City. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, being honored with the Paula H. Rhodes Award for Excellence in Computer Art. His animations' accolades include winning the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His current project the Animation Hotline is a daily animation where he uses crowdsourced voicemail messages for content. If you've got a story give him a call at 212-683-2490.

Notes to Self

Notes to Self is an ongoing project where Dustin Grella has written and mailed himself a letter every day for the past 3343 days. Each letter is still sealed and meticulously organized. The tenth anniversary of the project will fall on April 13, 2012. As a C-7 quadriplegic Grella has been amazed to find that his attempts to send and receive these letters have been greatly hindered due to the fact that so many of Manhattan's post offices are inaccessible. In an attempt to raise awareness to this fact Grella plans to display the letters and in conjunction with tax day, April 17, with wheelchair chained to his waist and taxes in his mouth, climb the stairs of the inaccessible James A. Farley Post Office, located on Eighth Avenue at 33rd Street.