Sunday, January 30, 2011

Here's today's piece for the NYT letters page. It's about the concept of the mind playing a roll in illness. I really enjoyed this one and I love how it turned out. Thanks to Alexandra Zsigmond on this one.

The final combined the ideas from two sketches, and I think it worked out much better.

I was inspired by this image I found on the web...I'm not sure where it is from originally though (Metropolis?), if anyone knows please drop me a line.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

My previous post consisted of sculptures, however I also have some collages in the Subtext show which act as supplemental pieces to the sculptures, examining the same issues.

"Through the Open Doors #1"

"Through the Open Doors #2"

"From Graves Forgotten Stretch Their Dusty Hands"

"As Silent As the Pictures On the Wall"

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Last night was my opening at Subtext gallery in San Diego. I couldn't find time to blog about it earlier because I was sleeplessly working on the pieces until the last minute. It was curated by Mr Brody Albert and also featured the work of three other fabulous artists and friends: Katherine Guillen, Sara Escamilla, and Kaeleen Wescoat-O'Neill. You still have time to check it out, as it will be up till Feb 20th. (Excuse some of the snapshots, I'm going to have to get these professionally shot.)

For a long while now I've been using haunted houses in my work, and this seriese is no exeption. I have always thought of houses as thier own character, a part of the family, and so I am exploring the idea of the house as a person which becomes activated by the haunting. I have also been interested in the tactile, fleshy, and sometimes groteque qualies of skin and the human body, and here I have been able to combine the two, somehow making the haunting more corporeal.

"With Feet That Make No Sound Upon the Floors"

"Impalpable Impressions On the Air"

"Houses Wherein Men Have Lived and Died"

The titles are taken from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I've been so busy that I didn't have time to post this when it came out in the NYT last Sunday. I am really proud of how it turned out, and it was a great experience working with the talented Jennifer Daniel. For this one I was inspired by Escher and this surreal quality of having things seemingly falling apart, especially as the article is about the Arizona shooting and how disasters sometimes give us clarity.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

If you are in LA tomorrow night, I have six pieces in this show at the downtown artwalk. It's a launch event for Bluecanvas magazine which will be highlighting Art Center alums. It looks like it'll be a huge event, so hope to see you out there!