HOW IT BEGAN
Christopher Bouton went to Burning Man for the first time in 2014 and fell in love with the event. The sense of openness, creativity and expansiveness at Burning Man is something that can only be described by experiencing it.
To give back to community that he fell in love with, he decided to build an art car. He wanted to build something unlike anything that he had seen on the playa. Something that contrasted with the stark landscape of the playa but something that also evoked a sense of technology, futurism and abstracted art. ForestHouse is what he designed.
ForestHouse is owned and operated by SystemHou.se, a design / build firm located in Newburyport, MA.
Owner & Chief Designer
Dr. Bouton received his BA in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Dr. Bouton is the CEO of both Vyasa Analytics and SystemHou.se (the company that owns and operates ForestHou.se). Previously Dr. Bouton was the CEO of Entagen a software company founded in 2008, that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Entagen's technologies won numerous awards including the "Innovative Technology of the Year Award for Big Data" from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2012 and Entagen was recognized as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Life Sciences in 2013. Entagen was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Dr. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles.
Tom Stringham is the Chief Engineer at SystemHou.se and leads the ForestHou.se engineering team. For Tom, pretty much anything is possible and ForestHouse is a testament to that. When Chris told Tom about wanting to build "large abstracted tree forms that light up from the inside in sync with a 50,000 watt sound system..." Tom said, "Yup, we can do that." :) Tom and Chris turn out to also be brothers in law.
Born in 1976 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jimmy Danko grew up on the outskirts of the city, where suburbs met farmland. At an early age drawing was as much a catalyst for his imagination as was exploring the woods and cornfields that surrounded his childhood home. That desire to create took him to the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where he received his BFA, and first unearthed his love for painting.
In the years that followed, he spent his days as a graphic artist in the world of advertising, and his nights working towards his passion with the paints and brushes in the studio. During this time Jimmy also resumed feeding his ever-present desire to explore. First came a nomadic, one-way road trip to San Diego, California in 2003. Then in 2008, he left the surf and the world of advertising behind, and ventured further south to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he began to zero in on his artistic voice as he pursued painting full-time. After four years in South America, he made his way back to the U.S. and took up residence in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, where he spent the next four years further honing his craft, and consorting with the other artists, woodworkers and fabricators he shared warehouse space with.
Deriving from influences like vintage advertising, pop culture and his open-ended road trips, Jimmy’s distinctly American work uniquely blends the worlds of pop art and realism. Most often constructed of wood and steel, he finds as much joy in building his pieces, as he does in painting them. Today, Jimmy works out his studio just south of Portland, in Milwaukie, Oregon.