, ink on mylar, 20"x20", 2014
New drawing for my exhibition, Constructs
, with Gladys Poorte at Davis Gallery in Austin, TX, October 25 - December 6, 2014. Opening Reception, Saturday, October 25, 7-9 p.m., and Artist Talk, Friday, December 5, 6-8 p.m.
The works in this series reflect my continued interest in disasters and detris. The title Salvaged
references rescued or retrieved items, as in debris snagged in a fisherman’s net, or mementos collected after a house fire.
1. Salvaged #1
, ink on mylar, 8"x8", 2014
2. Salvaged #2
, ink on mylar, 8"x8", 2014
3. Salvaged: Tangled Nets
, ink on mylar, 12"x12", 2014
4. Salvaged: Big Catch
, litho crayon on mylar, 8'x6', 2014
5. Salvaged: Caught in the Net
, found objects, hand tied net, rope, 2014
exhibition at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, May 16 - June 30, 2014. I spent a week constructing this installation made from furniture, wood, trash and miscellaneous objects found on the streets of Charleston.
exhibition at the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Jr. Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. February 10 - April 6, 2014. This exhibit surveys works created between 2011 and 2014. Exhibition design by Aaron Cowan, photography by Michael Everett.
Images of "My House: The Storm" and "Worthless Matter" from Drawn In / Drawn Out
, an exhibit of contemporary drawing at the Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.
In the summer of 2013 I focused on two large-scale works under the titles Worthless Matter: Forgotten Home
and Worthless Matter
. The first is a ten-foot diameter sculptural installation made of found objects including chairs, a table, a bassinette, and a variety of other personal items. This work is held together compositionally with wood veneer strips representing the uncontrollable forces of a storm. The second work is an eleven-foot wide Litho-crayon drawing on multiple sheets of Mylar, depicting a giant asteroid-like sphere of trash and debris. Both works question consumerist habits, one a symbol of mass consumption, the other a tragedy in the making, as chairs and personal items are spun up in a storm-like organism.
1. Worthless Matter: Forgotten Home
, wood veneer & found objects, as installed in my studio, summer 2013
2-5. Worthless Matter
, lithographic crayon on Mylar, installation views from Mark(ing) Time: Expanded Notions in Drawing
, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas, 8/15-10/1, 2014
Smoke Rising 1-4
, charcoal on paper, 48"x48", 2014. At the age of fifteen, my family home burnt to the ground, leaving only heaping piles of the burnt remnants of my childhood. It was a reality, and as such, I continued on with little regret. However, in the studio, my childhood memories have emerged through my creative practice. All of a sudden smoke and ash began appearing in my drawings, as I erased, smudged and smeared charcoal over drawn images of piles of rubble and crumbling architectural structures. In the Smoke Rising
series I used erasure (creating smoke like forms) as a means to alter and consume the land/cityscape.
exhibition at HIESTAND GALLERIES at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, November 8-16, 2012.
exhibition at the Museum of Art at University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, August 30 - September 22, 2012.