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Experiential art is to me the most valuable form of art to date. It addresses every aspect of the human condition by having the audience enter into a situation of their own volition, allowing the viewer to learn from their own understanding of the art.

Something that also might interest you are my Selected Exhibits, in the highest degree of control is used to control the way my work is received.

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Google Detroit Collaborative Mural

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bi-Polar Detroit

     I completed this mural in Detroit in 2015. The street art scene in Detroit is certainly playing an interesting role in the resurgence of the city but at the same time I feel that there have been some disturbing trends in the art form.
      Firstly, Street Art and Graffiti art are tied to one another, the history of the medium comes from its roots in civil disobedience and its ability to communicate with the common man. This form of communication was not just meant to establish self identity, like tag art/vandalism, it was used as a method to communicate issues that were effecting the people living in different areas.
I feel like the trend that I see gaining traction in Detroit is that graffiti is being replaced more and more by Street Art, which to me is a transparent move to elevate graffiti into a commoditized art form.
     What this has done, is that it has allowed the art form of graffiti to transcend the culture boundaries and reach a broader audience. Art the same time I feel like the art form is loosing much of its potency as a means of communication. What I have seen here in Detroit is that there a loads of murals popping up into areas in East Market and Corktown, which in the last year, have seen an increase in housing and property costs.
   Now my theory is that street artist has had a renaissance in Detroit because there are plenty of buildings in the city that are abandoned and the police could care less about some lovely free street art going up over a defunct property. Also artists are coming to Detroit to contribute to the art and culture of the city because it has the real potential of helping the city get back on its feet. 
   However, I am seeing the most "arted-up" areas of Detroit becoming gentrified by the "hipness." Very distinctly this is the opposite purpose of what graffiti art used to do to an area. In a way street art is being used to attract attention to an area, which brings in investors. This in turn causes the area to become more expensive, eventually pricing out the artists that created the murals in the first place.
   I hope that this doesn't happen to Detroit. It seems to be one of the last cities left that can support the ecosystem of art and business. I truly hope that they don't repeat the mistakes of the past and end up excluding the artists that make this city great.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Human Static"

Accompanied by 300 page step-animation:


Concept: Drawing abstract forms from the ether, deriving meaning out of repetition. Audio by Marcel Duchapm ca. 1945.

Featured in: "The Late Work," by Christopher Ho and Kevin Zucker

"Admiration of the Termite"

 Concept: attempting to create natural shapes and structures without attempting to compete aesthetically. Only afterward is the work"finished" with a frame. The Box in the center containing termite eaten wood in aesthetically beautiful assemblage.

Life Inside the Lense

  Concept: A conversation about the role of the mechanism in the operation of the photographer. The recreation of this dichotomy in hand painted panels of lense flares from what is imagined to be, "what the mechanism sees but never captures."


Concept: A tromp l'oeil decorated box with a bird nest, bird house, and venetian glass blown egg (with bone mixed into glass, giving it a reflective rainbow color). A conversation on the audacity of human beings to assert our great craft over mother natures most adaptable animal.

"Untitled" refrigerator installation


Concept: To construct an installation out of materials, which cannot be disposed of: Refrigerators, microwaves, propane tanks, air-conditioners, car parts. A conversation about waste relocation and human consumption of natural resources. 

Installation active for one month, then disassembled and relocated to the Providence Town wast-dump; where it is still on exhibit. (A black refrigerator in the middle of a white pile of stacked refrigerators.)

Mind on Mecca : Chicago

This photo is REAL (promise)

Concept: Pop-Up Graffiti Installation. Transform a 3-D space into an interactive graffiti installation. Evoking the concept of introspection (autology) through heterology.