Site specific installation detail, Kansas City Art Institute’s H&R Block Artspace. Courtesy of H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute
The Contemporary Artist
My paintings, drawings, wall works, sculptures, installations, animation and sound-art are poetic extrapolations of urban construction. They find expression in a personal iconography transfigured from the schematics and symbols of mechanical drawings, maps, and the diagramatics of steamfitting, HVAC (Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning), plumbing, electrical systems, as well as urban escape routes, traffic routes, park planning, water and waste systems and city waterways.
I am a painter working on canvas, but I have also extended my painting to the walls, ceiling and floors, and have further expanded into 3 dimensions, and on into digital and sonic dimensions. Though one could find in my work a lineage that would include painters such Malevich and Kandinsky, both of whom were interested in blurring media boundaries and/or a synesthesia of sorts, I am nevertheless interested in a contemporary exploration of intersecting media and overlapping practices, more particular to the Bauhaus than to Constructivist painters.
The white-walled galleries where I have mostly shown my work are for me never empty. I am thinking not only of what is hidden inside the walls or piercing through the walls, floor and ceiling, but also what is on the outside the walls; the immediate environment of trees, sky, daylight, grass as well as the city-wide systems that support the building. I seek through my work to bring the inside out and the outside in.
Trained as a painter, I’ve been making large-scale drawings for over a decade, and only in recent years have begun expanding my investigations of structure and vision into three-dimensional space. My utopian systems are not self-contained, but instead spill out of their frames and boundaries, engaging with the architectural spaces they inhabit.