Since 2007

In making art, my goal is to create enlightening and rewarding experiences for myself and for others. For me, the creative process is a way of freeing the mind with a task for the body. Like dreaming, it is a way of purging the self conscious, allowing one to search through the mind and sift through thoughts.

The majority of my work can be summarized as installation. Varying in material and subject matter, my installations tend to address issues of contemporary art, time, spatial perception, inter activity, natural phenomena, and the viewer’s subjective interpretation of experience. It is very important to me that my work is engaging both visually and conceptually. It is certainly not the basis of my work, but I pride myself on peak technical performance and craft excellence. I like to think that I create beautiful vehicles for the transport of ideas, thoughts and experiences.

The work that I am finishing today is a graphic image of Barack Obama rendered with shadows cast by over 6,000 nails. I’ve pulled the light source out of the picture and put it in the room with the viewer. Through this process, instead of condensing all the “parts” of a drawing (line, point, shading, etc.) into as compact and flat a space as possible, I’ve opened it up; dissected the drawing. I’ve extrapolated the “parts” and put them on display. These “parts” retain functionality, while developing a state of disassociation from one another. But this disassociation is not allowed, because all the “parts” continue to function as a unit to make an image creating a dissonance of time relations, referencing the past, the present and the future. This creates a sense of sophistication that would contradict my decision to use only primitive tools. But it is in this contradiction and the other contradictions present in this work, that the artwork actually exists. The art is not meant to be now or then. It is not meant to be drawing or sculpture. It is not meant to be not-now or not-then. It is not meant to be not-drawing or not-sculpture. It somehow exists as all of these and as none of them.

Experimentation is always the starting point of my work. The end product is usually a fusion of technology and traditional art-making techniques. I work with clay, plaster, concrete, wood, metals, pixels, CNC equipment, printers, video, sound, web art, glass, cameras, and light. I work and experiment with everything I can get my hands on, searching for undiscovered techniques and ideas.