Monday, February 17, 2014

ruining: progress report

i put some time in this weekend manufacturing some trauma and some joy.  
future archeology:

castle top taking shape
artificial christmas tree, drink umbrellas, fancy toothpicks, plastic, cupcake and bon-bon papers, plastic swords, synthetic berries, silk flower petals
eyeshadow bruising...
view from below: rewarded with shiny things to gaze up at

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

styro-temple in process

I've been assembling this modern-day temple/ tea house/ pyramid form out of styrofoam packaging. I'm beginning the surface treatment with liquid foundation , blush and eyeshadows to create effects ranging from blushing to bruising.  The top is taking shape as an irregular, jagged, sand-castle-like form on which empty bon-bon and cupcake paper liners are growing like barnacles.

This is will be part of a solo show titled "Ruining" at Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI- to be installed at the end of March. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

GUTS @ 119 Gallery

Dan and I recently collaborated on a sonic sculptural piece for a show at 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA.
The theme and title of the show is "Guts".  We set about cannabalizing existing work from our repertoire in the studio and combined our individual aesthetics with broken, discarded technologies to create a vision of post-apocalyptic carnage. 

The pile of twisted and exploded viscera is at once a festive, puppet-like animation with soft Christmas-y red felt and glistening green and silver circuit boards,

 and a revolting disemboweling resembling special effects borrowed from 
John Carpenter's"The Thing"

The whole mess is splayed out on the floor in front of a tower of amplifiers which play an unsettling, subtly shifting, crunching drone which is produced from hand-sculpted electronic devices (one encased in something resembling a sizable tumor, one which mimics an improvised explosive device) which hang in front of a speaker they feedback into.