2015: Bad For THe Goldfish
This show was about the empty promise of material things contrasting with the good parts of making art. I am a little embarrassed to admit it is almost textbook existential nihilism but arrived at genuinely and independent of whatever books there are about it. I haven't read them; just the wikipedia summary after the fact.
framing of empty spaces (which I love to do) boxes, death references (foam coffin sized like a bed), magic levitation with evident fishing line supports. Also the hand skeleton made out of real pieces of cat poop (shellacked of course)
I would say again that all that stuff was sincere. I wonder if it is possible to do insincere work about that subject. I have been considering it.
Also some references to our current doomed energy use practices. The big yellow air conditioner was supposed to be the overlord of the cheerio population. The cheerio fight was a battle over resources. The little AC uint with the ice cream sandwich was the absurdity of a permanent cooling unit for a usually disappointing treat, but also magical!, though done with mirrors.
2012: First Among Equals - ICA - Philadelphia
It's easier to aquire things than it is to get rid of things. I'm a slave to my possessions and existence leftovers. Systemic.
2011: A Larger Refridgerator at Marginal Utility
There has been a long process of moving inside, leaving the landscape with its many smells, small breezes and insects. Our long efforts have led to an interior space, the best of which, completely isolates one from any physical sensation or distress and sometimes pleasure. If you have ever walked along a highway, the ripping wind of other cars, exhaust and the roadkill are completely hidden while in the comfortable climate controlled bucket seats (though this is not about the highway at all). There are many examples.
The process of elimination is part of the process of creation. Inside the house, our greatest creation, there is not much to look at so we start to fill it with our own creations. The mind starts to invent and fill the empty spaces. This work is about what happens inside. It has to vibrate between the making by seeing and seeing the making.
Here I have framed the exits. There is nothing on the other side. Darkness and the reflection of the interior bulb. In some of the prints I paint or draw the highlights at the edge of the window frame. Closed door. Rat Hole. And on the stairway landing, witness to entropy, a rock rolls down the stair.
Also, a piece about retinal burn. The mirror thing is a ruse to get you to look at a bright light that burns your eyes. On the walls are renderings with paint of the retinal burns.