Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seeing Is Believing; Transient Spaces For Home

 Two person show with myself and Casey McGuire

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A link to some information on the Many Mini Residency I did recently in Houston.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Es Un Paisaje Bonito

This is a piece that was shown recently at Red Space Gallery. This piece is made up of hundreds or pieces of kids artwork that has been given to make over the past year and a half that I have been doing youth out reach to under-served communities. The drawings and sculptures were cute up and re-worked to form a landscape. This piece is both a loving nod to the children that I have worked with and a comment on the way in which these children will shape the world that we live in.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I believe that in my lifetime we will see a dramatic shift in the way we live. Some people talk about apocalypse or something similar, but I see it more as an end of the world as the way we understand it now. I, of course, also believe that I will be able to survive it. I suppose that many people think this also, since there is quite a bit of complacency in the face of so much evidence.

Over the period of about the last year, I have been learning basic survival techniques in order to archive these processes for future me.
I have also been learning to use resources that constitute the new natural. Resources that can be found in an abundance and seem to be constantly renewing themselves.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This piece was inspired by the idea of concrete slabs as evil characters trying to kill the earth by stopping water from getting back into the water tables. Humans have gone under ground to evade them, and have started their own inverted civilization. It is shiny down there.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pay Phone Revival Project

This is a piece that was done as part of the Pay Phone Revival Project, in which six installations were done by various artists on abandoned pay phone booths on the east-side of Austin.
This is one in a series of pieces which I have made using processes or skills that have been utilized by humans over thousands of years and which are in the process of being lost. Examples of this are growing our own food, building our homes, starting a fire, or raising animals, all of which we, for the most part in the western world, would have to begin learning all over again if our technological society were to fail us.

I have been doing this using trash which has become one of our most abundant resources. For these pieces I envision a world in which we as humans have had to return to an agrarian society, and must do so amongst the ruins of our current world. And what we have created, concrete and buildings and refuse, has become our new natural landscape. These future humans would be left to return to the old ways set amongst a new landscape.
This particular piece is approaching the pay phone booth as the center of a bean teepee. The wood and chicken wire will eventually become engulfed in bean vines and sprouts that can be picked and eaten by passers-by. The chicken wire has been made to form mountain and peaks and valleys, which acts to restore part of the landscape that has been lost here in the heart of the city.
I was also thinking a bit about the pay phone booth as a ruin. That inspired me to think of other empires that have fallen.

Updates to come as the beans grow.