Radiator Gallery in New York invited me to be in a two-person show with artist Rena Leinberger. Eileen Jeng was asked to curate it.
Though the nature of my art practice is project-driven––often resulting in short films or commissioned outdoor sculptures––I decided to use the opportunity to show documentation from four recent projects: "Drifter," "The Constant," "Firefall," and "Kodamazothgolemnkisi." Each of the projects were shown either in video, photographs, or sculptures. During the closing reception, "Drifter" was sawed into a series of pieces that were handed out to the audience.
single-channel video / installation 18-minutes / various materials 2009
While an artist-in-residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska I shot a short film, part fiction and part documentary, with a mentally-disabled man who was obsessed with meteorology. That summer's tumultuous weather (tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, and hurricanes) provided a backdrop for Joe, the film's protagonist, to invoke his idiosyncratic manner of forecasting. While the narrative follows his attempt to describe dramatic weather cycles, Joe also reveals to the viewer differing means for dealing with uncontrollable forces in our lives.
After the film version of "DIVINER" was finished, Bemis Center offered to fund an exhibition, as well as a published book, about the project. Because many props were created and found during the shooting of the film, it was a natural extension to explore creative ways to turn them into an art installation. In the exhibition "DIVINER" reveals and reinvents several moments within the story line, creating a room-sized experience equivalent to walking through the film. The editing and composition of the film parallels the loose, psychic connection between the objects in the room, allowing for many potential hooks for the viewer.
I was offered a solo exhibition at Samson Projects, an art gallery in Boston. Though the nature of my art practice is project-driven, often resulting in short films or commissioned outdoor sculptures, I decided to use the opportunity to show documentation from three recent projects: "Winning Men," "The Faction," and "The Fence Thief." The three projects share a similar, if vague theme: an unwavering purposefulness is driving and guiding each character toward a larger, unknown aim. Each of the projects were shown either in video, photographs, or sculptural props. Additionally, a related object from a subsequent project, "Lighthouse, Beheaded," was also on display.
For an exhibition at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, I paired pristine whiteness with weatheredness: "Soaked Ceiling Tiles," "Worn Handkerchiefs," and "Rough Reams." Along with these pieces I included a vibrating mirror that temporarily obliterated the image it was reflecting.