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Drawings from Jupiter

Insects provided by Doug Booher from UGA Natural History Museum. Electron Microscope provided by John Shields UGA Center for Ultra Structural Research

Location 2004 The Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Description This is an exploration of our seeming compulsion to improve upon the natural order of the universe. It is one room of a solo exhibition called “Fast Food, Hydrocarbons, and Waves in Outer Space”,  Beyond the translucent orange threshold a Mylar-lined room reflects hyper-luminous sculptural towers surrounded by neon floor panels. These souped-up hydroponic towers grow tomatoes from seeds exposed in outer space by NASA. This is a real-time laboratory in which the growing environment is further optimized by a growth enhancing original sound track and special nutrients.

Materials NASA space exposed tomato seeds, water, steel, 1800 watts of florescent lights, 4000 watts of metal halide lights, timers, special nutrients, original frequency sound track, plastic, PVC and  a lot more.

Location 2005 Music Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Description A molecular shaped structure was built out of clear acrylic tubing, fluorescent black lights and a misting system all linked by custom multifaceted connectors. The piece produced a foggy mist that hovered around the sculpture by day and pulsed a neon glow by night. A free form adaptive installation, it is designed to interact with the environment by assembling it piece by piece within the designated space.

Material Acylic Tubing, Blacklights, Misting System, Water Pump, Tracing Dye, Electronic Ballasts, Nuts & Bolts, Polyballs

Location 2004 The Contemporary, Atlanta, GA, 2004 California State University Fresno Museum, CA, 2004 Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Description Hydrocarbons are glass sculptures modeled on Fullerenes. The glass forms rest on Styrofoam landscapes derived from photos of the 2003 Mars expedition. The glass forms were designed in Rhino3D and manufactured by a scientific glass blowing facility. The Styrofoam 3D bases were designed in Rhino3D and fabricated using a 3 axis CNC router.

Fullerenes are a type of carbon molecule first discovered in the mid-1980s. Having survived in space for billions of years, they provide a further step towards understanding the origin of life. Many scientists now believe that the carbon 60 molecule, the most common Fullerene, is one of the original building blocks of life. It is a closed spherical molecule the shape of a soccer ball.

Materials glass, antifreeze, Styrofoam, glass, neon transformer, neon gas

Location 2004 The Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Description Spaceship Earth is an enclosed vessel of water within a ten-foot diameter modified satellite dish. It is a reference to the “WMAP” NASA satellite probe that instigated the recent theory of a finite universe. The video of “Cosmic Microwave Background” is projected on the back wall. It is one room of a solo exhibition called “Fast Food, Hydrocarbons, and Waves in Outer Space”.

Material water, fiberglass, wood, steel, vinyl, automotive paint, DVD player, DVD of “Cosmic Microwave Background”

Location: 2003 The Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Description: This is an installation from an ongoing series of work. The five videos are 5’ X 5’ projections. The center video is a 20 minute colorized loop of the inside a wave looking out. It is flanked with colorized scenes of surfers waiting  strategically to catch their next waves.

Materials: 5 DVD players, 5 DVDs, sound system.

Location: 2004 The Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Description: This is part of an ongoing series of work about strategies in waiting. The photographs are approximatky 24” X 30” prints sandwiched between two 1/4” pieces of Plexiglas.The video is a 20’ X 6’ projection comprised of a seven channel video. The center video is a 20 minute collaged loop from scenes on the inside a wave looking out. It is flanked with colorized scenes of surfers waiting  strategically to catch their next waves. It is one room of a solo exhibition called “Fast Food, Hydrocarbons, and Waves in Outer Space”.

Materials: DVD player, ink jet photographs, Plexiglas.

Location: 2004 The Contemporary, Atlanta GA,  2004 Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee FL

Descriptions: These  2” X 30” Styrofoam hexagon panels can be arranged and connected to create a variety of patterns. Sixteen of them were part of the NASA Nourishment installation. A routed groove runs through the foam  so that the neon rests flush, and the panels can be stacked. The panels were designed using Rhino3D and fabricated using a 3 axis CNC router.

Materials: Styrofoam, neon light, transformer

Location: 1994 Crossing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Description: The two story gallery was converted into a fully functioning factory to produce sculpting material for children. The factory functioned as an ongoing narrative with laborers, animals and audience. Three immigrant workers were hired an hour before the opening of the factory.  They were given Pollo-Doh uniforms and instructed on how to operate the factory. One worker and the artist operated the bottom floor, and two workers operated the upper floor. The bottom floor housed 25 live chickens in six vibrantly dyed colors. The chickens roamed freely often congregating at a bin of chicken feed. Frozen chickens were placed in a specially designed chicken cannon, and shot against the second floor lexan wall, over-killing them in preparation for the upstairs processing laboratory.  Once upstairs, the smashed chickens were separated by color and put into individual buckets on a rotating wheel. The wheel transported the chickens to a convertor which pureed them into colored sculpting material called Pollo-Doh. The Pollo-Doh was stored in stainless steel tanks for distribution by color, then squirted into cans, sealed and placed on a chute leading to the chicken feed bin on the bottom floor. A worker stacked the cans in the window for display.

Materials: 25 colored chickens, chicken food, Pollo-Doh air compressor, air cannon, Pollo-Doh dispensers, outboard motor, Plexiglas, stainless steel, frozen chickens, jumpsuits, 3 immigrant laborers, canning device, cans.

Location: 2000 Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee FL

Description: The viewer experiences twenty minutes of sailing in the Pacific Ocean from the mast top of a wooden sailboat.Ten minute segments of sailing are separated by a tac; a sailing term for change of direction. The transparent waterbed is both the installation light source and viewing station. The viewer lays on the bed wearing sony video glasses.

Material: Transparent water bed, florescent lights, plywood, steel, video glasses DVD player, 20 minute DVD of sailing viewed from the top of the mast.

Location: 2000 Florida State University Museum, Tallahassee FL

Description: A 50’ film loop of a mouse running on a wheel in slow motion is suspended from the cieling of the museum. It runs through a 16mm projector, projecting the image on the wall. On the opposite wall a video projection of a polar bear is swimming underwater in circles at the Chicago Zoo.

Material: 50’ X 16mm film loop of a mouse on a wheel, 16mm projector, polar bear swimming video, DVD player, video projector.

Location: 1995 Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA

Description: A white mouse played freely on an exercise wheel. The wheel was connected to a slide projector. A complete mouse wheel rotation electronically triggered the slide progression of the projector. The projector had eighty sequential slides of a pacing polar bear. The slides were taken from a video shot at the San Francisco Zoo.

Materials: Mice, steel & Plexiglas cage, slide projector, slides of a polar bear pacing, aluminum, powder coating.

Location: 1995 Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Description: Colored mice played freely on six exercise wheels. Each wheel was connected to one of six slide projectors. A complete mouse wheel rotation electronically triggered the slide progression of it’s corresponding projector. Each of the six projectors had eighty sequential slides of a pacing polar bear. Each of the projectors’ slides were tinted a different color to identify its relationship to singular wheel, though the wheel was not labeled. The images overlapped on a single screen.

Materials: 6 slide projectors, tinted slides, 1 Plexiglas dome cage with 6 wheels, and 24 colored mice.

Location: 1993 Frumkin Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA

Description: Audio Sources: The installation consisted of seven amplified wall mounted sound pieces, and one silent piece. Appropriated real time ambient sounds from seven separate locations within Santa Monica were heard. The silent piece was the absence of the ambient sounds from the John Cage exhibition at MOCA. (This was a statement after being declined the request to transmit the real-time sounds from the exhibition.) Operation:  A microphone was attached to an installed phone line in each of the seven locations. Seven phone lines were installed in the gallery with an amplified phone for each line. A call was made from the outside locations to the gallery establishing a twenty four hours a day one way connection between the audio sources and the gallery for the entire thirty day exhibition.

Materials: School yard, dance studio, music center, yoga studio, pet store, Third Street promenade, my home, 15 telephone lines, 7 microphones, 7 telephones, 7 amplifiers, 8 speakers, wood, fiberglass, film positives.

Location: City of Brea Municipal Gallery, Brea, CA   1994

Description: 20 fictitious classified ads were placed in the Los Angeles Recycler each week for three months. The ads were designed so that the gallery audience would project an identity onto the person who placed the ads, and onto those who might respond to them.

“Trade vacation on my yacht for yard work.”

“1974 Harley Davidson garaged past six years. Moving must sell. $2500”

Five pagers were each assigned four ads.  As calls came in from the various ads, the assigned pager would sound off  after going through an effects processor creating a unique sound. The pagers would repete if unanswered which created complex and syncopated rhythms. The rhythm of the sound varied due to the frequency of calls. The piece ran continuously for three months.

Materials: Los Angeles Recycler publication, pagers, sound effects processor.

Location: 2001 Plan B Performing Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Description: Thirty-two fictitious classified ads were placed in the Los Angeles Recycler each week for three months. The ads were designed so that the gallery audience would project an identity onto the person who placed the ads, and onto those who might respond to them.

“Trade vacation on my yacht for yard work.”

“1974 Harley Davidson garaged past six years. Moving must sell. $2500”

Eight pagers were each assigned four ads.  As calls came in from the various ads, the assigned pager would sound off  after going through an effects processor creating a unique sound. The pagers would repete if unanswered which created complex and syncopated rhythms. The rhythm of the sound varied due to the frequency of calls. The piece ran continuously for three months.

Materials: Los Angeles Recycler publication, 800# pagers, 2 sound effects processors, digital mixer, condenser mics, power amp, speakers, DJ rack, cables.

Location: 2002 Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Armory Show New York, NY / 2001 Plan B Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM  / 2001 Georgia Museum of  Art, Athens, GA

Description: The recording device travels by FEDEX overnight  to the various exhibitions. The package creates an audio recording of its travels which is played back continuously in the gallery installation.

Materials: Creative Nomad digital recorder, Pelican case, battery, Yamaha speakers.

Location: 1990 San Francisco Art Institute

Description: The motion of the fish are tracked and transmitted by a wireless infrared device to a bird seed dispenser. The bird seed dispenser then releases seeds onto a piano string rack according to the motion of the fish in the pond. The piano sound board is adapted with a microphone, and a wireless audio transmitter connected to a PA system in a bell tower. The sounds emanating from the bell tower are in accordance to the fish moving in the pond.

Material: Coy, birdseed, steel, infrared light sensor, radio remote control, audio wireless transmitter, Scott’s lawn seeder, piano string rack, PA system, electric motors.

Location: 1991 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Description: Two large white lab rats inhabited a custom cage on the wall of a long ramp in the studio. The rat cage floor had 10 micro switches that were activated by the rats walking near them. Each switch triggered a separate hammer device attached to one of two long metal handrails on the ramp. There was a correlation between the location of the switches and the location of the specific hammer device triggered. For a quarter, the rat prompted audio system could be silenced for twenty minutes.

Material: rats, rat cage, hammer devices, ” art is off “  timer.

Location: 2002 UGA Main Gallery, Athens GA /

2003 California State University Fresno Main Gallery, Fresno CA

Description: Thisshows two versions of a 2 channel colorized composite video comparing Bruce Nauman’s “Stamping in the Studio” with Frederick Wiseman’s film “Titicut Follies”.  Wiseman’s on top; Nauman’s on the bottom. The sound track is from Wiseman’s Titicut Follies, yet it ironically syncs up a lot with Nauman’s Stamping in the studio .

Material: DVD, DVD player, Bruce Nauman- Stamping in the studio, Frederick Wiseman-  Titicut Follies

Location: 2000 Havana Biennial, Cuba

Description: In collaboration with Nick Potter we projected of a virtual car chase on the walls of Old Havana which drew audiences into the streets. Wet drove a virtual vintage car through a virtual replica of Old Havana generated by Playstation’s ‘Driver 2’. Because, the cars, buildings and streets generated a mirror of the actual city, local Cubans were directing us where to  go during the car chases.

Materials: Video projector, sound system, Playstation 1 ‘Driver 2’.

Location: 2004 Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY / 2004 PBICA, Palm Beach, FL / 2004 ATHICA, Athens, GA / 2003 The Canal Street Projection Project, New Orleans, LA  / 2001 Georgia Museum of Art, Athens,GA/ 2001 FSU Museum Tallahassee, FL .

Description: This is a slow motion video of a man smoking a whole cigarette without exhaling. He then proceeds with a duet of antics with the butt and other amazing things.

Materials: DVD, DVD player, video projector

Location: 2003 The Contemporary, Atlanta GA / 2003 California State University Fresno Main Gallery, Fresno CA

Description: This is a remix video made using the outer space scenes from the Imax NASA series. It is a story about  going to the moon to get a rock and returning home. Running time 46 minutes.

Material: Imax NASA series footage, DVD, DVD player.

Sound track: Steven Trimmer.

Location: 1997  Malibu Sex Party, Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles CA

Description: A scrambled pornography video from a cable channel  is seen through the text etched screen of a TV monitor. The text describes how to unscramble the signal of the porn station.

Materials: TV, VCR, frosted etched glass, scrambled porn video.

Text Etching

BUILD  YOUR OWN DESCRAMBLER

EXAMINE THE BACK OF YOUR TV SET. FIND THE VHF ANTENNA TERMINALS (THESE ARE THE ANTENNA TERMINALS THAT THE CABLE SERVICE IS HOOKED UP TO). GET A PIECE OF ANTENNA WIRE (ABOUT 3 FEET LONG). STRIP ONE END OF THE WIRE AND ATTACH IT TO THE VHF TERMINALS ALONG WITH THE CABLE. TUNE IN TO ONE OF THE MOVIE SERVICES AND ADJUST THE FINE TUNER UNTIL YOU GET THE CLEANEST PICTURE. CUT OFF ABOUT 1/4 INCH OF THE ANTENNA WIRE AND ADJUST THE FINE TUNER. CONTINUE TO DO THIS UNTIL YOU GET A NEARLY PERFECT PICTURE (YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CUT OFF MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF THE ANTENNA WIRE). GET A PIECE OF ALUMINUM FOIL AND WRAP IT AROUND THE ANTENNA WIRE SLIDE IT UP AND DOWN UNTIL YOU GET A PERFECT PICTURE.

Location: 1990 San Francico Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Description: This is a real-time sound effects headset. It converts real-time external sound into processed sound with a wide range of effects such as delay, pitch, reverb etc…

Materials: Sound proof headset, audio amplifier, sound effects processor, microphones.