I’m trying to get caught up on some of my neglected activities now that I am out of Grad School. One is to post pictures from some of my recent shows. This picture is from the installation “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana”. The installation relied heavily on the use of abundant window space, it was shot from outside the Gallery entrance, look for more images soon!

Detail from "Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana" installation.

Detail from “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana” installation.

Buy a Box of Happiness….

I recently worked on a series of books/boxes. This is the largest of them. The campfire used in this piece is cast out of aluminum and stands about 14 inches tall. The box is approximately 24 inches square and 4 inches tall when closed.

This campfire is cast in aluminum

This campfire is cast in aluminum

This shot shows the inside lid.

This shot shows the inside lid.

Close-up shot with the "Activity Book" open

Close-up shot with the “Activity Book” open

This is "Buy a Box of Happiness" open for display.

This is “Buy a Box of Happiness” open for display.

Harrison Center for the Arts Book Show “Bookmark”

I currently have a piece in an exhibition at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis.  The show is entitled “Bookmark” and is put on in conjunction with the Herron Art Library.  Here is a link to a short video from the opening: http://tinyurl.com/9qau3s7.  More information about the Harrison Center is here: http://tinyurl.com/8fbzgve.  My piece is titled “Gravity“; it is a folded postcard style book.  Each image in the book has a short thought or description that precedes it.

Sorting things out….

Here is a picture of my “palette”. These happen to be pieces of paper billboards. When they remove them from the billboard structure they are scraped off in sheets, with as many as 15 layers of advertisements. The first order of business is to “delaminate” these by hosing them down and peeling them apart. Here they are stretched out to dry.Image

This photograph is of a portion of one of the walls in my “studio.”  Mixed in with some of my works in progress are images from which I have drawn inspiration. The cut-out of the sundae & sandwich in the center is something Joy and I picked up in SoHo one day. It used to hang in our kitchen, both in Brooklyn and Indianapolis. It is part of the inspiration for the Desire piece. On the lower left is a photo copy from the book Ellen gave me on Inuit Art, which is a rubbing relating to a myth about a giant who comes to a village and is thwarted by the villagers. This was the inspiration for my Astronaut, who appears in many of my current works. There is also a Japanese illustrated post card I found going through some things here at the house.  And on the lower right is a work by a friend, Jon Waldo.

Desire

This piece is approximately 15″ high x 21″ wide. Titled “Desire,” it is part of the comfort food group of works. These pieces play on the notion of comfort and how or where we find comfort in stressful times.

New & Improved

I reprinted one of my earlier blocks. This is what I am calling my “comfort series”. It is an ongoing series, but only has three pieces in it so far. They are in order: Grilled Cheese, Sundae & most recently Mac and Cheese. The reprint is of Grilled Cheese, creating a new block for the yellow. I call the latest version “New & Improved”.