NEW YORK CITY 5.2018
Garment District Alliance Space for Public Art
The Morning Routine tells the story of a fashionable and hardworking mannequin in the Garment District. The window installation shows a behind-the-scenes view of the mannequin’s morning toilette. The artist imagines mannequining as a glamorous, but exploited profession. Work days are long and mannequins are rarely acknowledged for their contribution. Staying on trend and upgrading damaged or tired body parts is a constant stress. Mannequins, like other workers in the Garment District, must attend to their appearances to navigate a successful career. At a moment’s notice, they can be replaced by a newer model and end up in a back room, or worse—the street.
An installation in an abandoned hotel in Miami's North Beach. Works on view included ten Spare Fingers hung off the existing architecture, a bound and chained Flesh Ring, and arms hung from the ceiling and lying on the floor. The work draws into question our technological, sexual, and social relationship with material culture by exploring fetishism, trauma and the body as a hybrid work-in-progress. Part of a group show whose works explored a post flesh moment where the essentialist body is fragmented as a ghost amalgam of materials, identity and specific cultural vernaculars.
A site specific haptic installation at Tresle Projects. The piece is aimed at producing non-optical connections within the viewer through touch. Created over several weeks of shaping, sanding and polishing, Touch Railing brings the sensuality of sculpture to the forefront by inviting viewers to caress and explore the varying textures of the object. The actuality and mindfulness required to experience this work is a counter to the increasing virtualization of life that ultimately alienates the body from its environment. Our bodies are responsible for mediating the relationship between interiority and exteriority, as well as being a fundamental part of how we orient ourselves in the world. A video of the artist caressing the object in a bare domestic space serves as an illustration of the body's uncanny potential in relation to the built environment.
The Soothing Center is an alternative spa featuring interactive artworks aimed at combating the daily bombardment of negative stimulation embedded in our material and media cultures. Sensory based therapies stimulate the mind and body at a molecular level while addressing an array of topics including the intersection of capitalism and wellness, body politics, intimacy, and the failures of language. Touch Belly consists of a subway tiles, a digital print, and a plaster model of the artist’s belly. The tiles are a surface treatment reminiscent of showers and spas. The plaster belly protrudes from the wall and embraces the uncanny qualities of the body. Viewers are encouraged to rub the belly to soothe their alienated selves.
NEW YORK 12.2015
Window installation at FOUR A.M., 291 Grand Street, NYC
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SAN FRANCISCO 5.2014
A series of photocollage prints and site-specific installations inspired by the writing of such figures as Andre Gide, Ned Rorem, Kevin Bentley, Mercedes de Acosta, Jean Genet, Kevin Killian, Brad Gooch and John Rechy. Images evoked by these gay and lesbian writers served as starting points for work on the themes of liberated desire, glamour and death.
More images and info at Romer Young Gallery.
SAN FRANCISCO 6.2012
Taking its name from the Rudyard Kipling novel, and subsequent film starring Ida Lupino, the exhibition traces a slippage of intertextual relations, engaging viewers to look through one subject into another. In Kipling's novel, a former war correspondent finds success as genre artist, and is laboring to finish what is meant to be his great masterwork—a painting entitled 'Melancolia'—as he is slowly consumed by blindness. The exhibition cross-references imagery related to the film, with Dürer's 'Melancolia I' etching and physique model Gordon Scott's star text, forming an arc from enlightenment and alchemy to colonialism, bodybuilding and fame.
More images and info at Romer Young Gallery.
NEW YORK 12.2014
Created for a group show about voyeurism called "Rear Window Treatment" at Louis B James gallery. This interactive video sculpture live streamed cam models from chaturbate.com. Gallery visitors were able to select male, female and trans models to play on the screens.
NEW YORK 8.2015
'Eat the Feeling' is an 100 page publication of scanner-based collages dealing with fashion, art, desire and celebrity. Images are created by cutting, folding, painting and digitally altering photos and studio material. The results are at once tender and raw. The publication was launched at Louis B James gallery along with selection of circular wall prints and unique bleached photographs.
Publications are available for purchase at Dashwood Books, or online at mkt.com/dac-studio.