This work looks at the relationship between Hall of Fame display and the NFL hero narrative. Discarded high-end materials were used to construct a monument to the not uncommon downfall of one pro-football Hall of Famer, Warren Sapp. Three LED panels illuminate quotes from Sapp's autobiography on his job inflicting violence, while a screen plays video footage from his recent domestic assault arrest spliced with a realty advertisement of the bankruptcy auction of his home. Flashing LED strips frame the floating wall display while Hall of Fame theme music blares on repeat.
leather, LEDs, acrylic, clay, paint, video monitor, wood 2016
An immersive video game designed in Unity and built for the Oculus Rift. Set in a minimal stadium environment, sheets of digital material are instantiated in front of you, rush towards you and collide over you triggering audio clips from televised pre-game hype as the material shatters and disperses.
VR video game still shots 2015
The Ohio State Championship Ring Ceremony was the last stop on the bus tour of the campus-wide OSU MFA second year show. A procession of art department faculty and students received a chocolate ring of their choosing and a chance for a selfie with a National Championship Trophy prop. An earlier version of the rings were made in hard candy.
chocolate, construction paper, plastic, pine, wrapping paper, cardboard 2015
hard candy, faux brushed stainless steel laminate, plywood 2015
A series of iconic trophies as art objects with shifts in value through material.
This work was installed in the window of People's Bicycle, a retail and repair shop in Beacon, NY for the citywide art event Windows on Main Street X. A vintage Raleigh three speed was deconstructed and hung with fishing line to create an exploded view. This work won both Gallerists' Pick and Grand Prize for the event.
bicycle, fishing line, plywood, toothpicks 2014
Installed along the Rondout Creek trail in Kingston, NY for the 2011 Kingston Sculpture Biennial, the 3D images inside offered an "ideal" view of where each stood. A gallery version suction cups to the window revealing a photographic moment from the view outside.
Breakneck Cakes (Fall & Spring) were made in celebration of Beacon Open Studios weekend depicting a scale topography of the Hudson Highlands from Breakneck Ridge to Mount Beacon to Fishkill Ridge.
cocoa pound cake, chocolate buttercream, marshmallow fondant, hard candy 2012
pound cake, buttercream, marshmallow fondant, hard candy 2011
HUDSON RIVER SOUVENIRS
Cheap and reproducible Hudson River School style "paintings" depicting snapshots of the region's hiking trails digitally manipulated, printed on canvas and framed in vacu-formed plastic. Several versions were produced from 2008 to 2012.
digital prints on canvas, PET plastic, steel rod, spray paint 2012
digital prints on canvas, mdf, PET plastic, spray paint 2011
digital prints on canvas, plywood, PET plastic, spray paint 2008
A china cabinet full of broken porcelain plates depicting images of the environmentally and economically depraved city of Niagara, NY. The upper cabinet doors mimic the shape of the falls. The lower cabinet houses the research and production material. The work can disassemble as a traveling show. The plates were slip cast while in residence at CAC Troy and later produced through EFA Project Space's Assembly Line artist workshop series.
Help Debbie Get There (HDGT) was a secret website designed to raise money for my mom after she was diagnosed with MS. Individual paintings were commissioned of favorite places in the world, real or imagined, in exchange for donations to send her to her dream destination of New Zealand. After 6 months of painting she was gifted $5000 on her 50th birthday.
Devil's Golf Course Death Valley
Hammerstein Bridge, London
This work was commissioned as one paid week of work for T.W.O (The Work Office). A NYC state senator was painted each day. The work was in reaction to the "Albany Coup" of 2009 and in response to the T.W.O assignment "document a need for repairs".
acrylic on canvas, plywood, vinyl, newspaper clippings, binder 2009
THE ARTIFACTS OF MT BEACON
Objects of interest found atop historic Mount Beacon were replicated and put on display in a dual curiosity cabinet / production unit. The originals were then reburied at the site in a treasure chest.
plaster, bronze, acrylic, red oak, plywood, velvet, aluminum, found objects, lightbulbs, glass, wire, dirt, colored pencil, burlap, clay 2008