When the Smoke Clears; The Fair Housing Project, 2016 Medium: discarded art fair ephemera (shipping crates, carpet, pedestals, wall vinyl, swag bags, packing foam, banner, and hardware) collected from Art Basel Miami, The Armory Show, Frieze, New York and London, ADAA, and Spring Break When the Smoke Clears: The Fair Housing Project explores the position of art fairs in the contemporary art world and their effect on the artist, collector, spectator, and the art itself.
The Center of Convention, 2014 Medium: discarded art fair/trade fair ephemera (carpet, crates, tape, pegboard, pedestal, and vitrine) collected from Art Basel Miami, The Armory Show, Frieze New York and London, PULSE NY and Miami, ADAA, and The Gift Show NY Size: 96" x 96" x 96" This piece brings the refuse back into the fair to sell back to collectors. (PULSE Miami Beach, Davidson Contemporary)
TRIUMPH and tragedy, 2013 Medium: tragedy written in pencil on the wall over 50,000 times Size: 150” x 1100” TRIUMPH and tragedy is a site-specific wall drawing. The word “TRIUMPH” is made from writing the word “tragedy” over 50,000 times. This piece refers to all the small tragedies it takes to achieve something triumphant.
This is not THE END, 2015 Medium: ink on paper and pencil on the wall, and two frames Size: 109" x 180" x 206" The larger words THE END is made from writing “the beginning” thousands of times. Two seemingly similar framed drawings are hung over the wall drawing, one made from writing the words “the beginning” until the page is near filled in black, and the other made from writing “the end”.
A Devil to Pay, 2017 Medium: discarded-used casino playing cards on panels and used Las Vegas casino carpet Size: 108" x 480" x 360" The carpet, collected from casinos in Las Vegas, is used to activate the space and to bring all the collages together into one installation. Patterns are layered on top of each other to simulate the overwhelming confusion that one often feels when entering a casino.
A Good Run of Bad Luck, 2015 Medium: discarded-used casino playing cards on panels and used Las Vegas casino carpetSize: 108" x 480" x 360" The carpet, collected from casinos in Las Vegas, is used to activate the space and to bring all the collages together into one installation. Patterns are layered on top of each other to simulate the overwhelming confusion that one often feels when entering a casino.
Better is the End, 2015 Medium: fifteen tube televisions playing looped clips of ending sequences from Hollywood films that depict "the western frontier" or countries that the United States has a history of conflict. Size: 40" x 144" x 168" Each set is aligned by the horizon creating a continuous line, thus linking each of the films together. The announcement of “The End” signals the point where the suspension of this other reality ends and real life must begin again.
Day is Done, 2013 Medium: 28 channel video installation Size: 45” x 380” x 248” Day is Done is a digital archive of sunsets collected from Hollywood films. The sunset scenes are organized by color and subject and are connected by aligning the horizon line in each film. Sunset is a time of change, a time of hope and time of romance. It is the point when the night grabs hold and the day is done.
Songs about Rainbows, 2013 Medium: discarded used playing cards from over 100 casinos, wood, florescent lighting, (audio in collaboration with Nolan Gray) Size: 96" x 264” x 100” Songs About Rainbows is made from thousands of used playing cards from casinos around America. The viewer enters the installation to find themselves in a space that stretches into infinity. The soundtrack pulls samples from 52 songs about rainbows.
Remember When Tomorrow Came, 2011 Medium: Discarded lottery tickets, wood, plexiglass, speakers, and mirror (audio in collaboration with Superspirit) Size: 96" x 102" x 54" From the exterior this piece looks like an unsuspecting wooden crate. Upon entering there is a feeling of vertigo as the viewer steps into a vertical tunnel made from lottery tickets. The tunnel stretches on forever, endlessly promising wealth even into the afterlife.
One in the Same and Under Its Spell, 2013 Medium: two channel video installation and ink on paper Size: drawings are 22” x 30” each The video on the left side of the room captures actors from Hollywood films continuously saying “NO”, and on the right side of the room there are clips of actors continuously saying “YES”. The drawing are made by writing “Yes” and “No” thousands of times till they become undistinguishable from each other.
One Life to Live, 2012 Medium: mixed media installation with looped clips of "I Love You” from One Life to Live Size: 98" x 100" x 120" One life to Live is an immersive installation made with televisions playing loops of people saying “I Love You” on the daytime drama with the same name. “One Life to Live”, the television show, was cancelled in 2012 after over 40 years of keeping America company in the middle of the day.
everybody wants some heaven, 2011 Medium: discarded lottery tickets, 32 wood panels, casino change cups Size: 13” x 300” x 437” This is a site-specific installation in the Oratorio of a church in Bologna, Italy. Each panel is a precise replica of faded shape on the floor beneath it. We wanted to respect the design of the room, but add to it that sense of awe and a feeling of repetition that people expect when playing the lottery or attending church.
Forever, Almost, 2012 Materials: discarded lottery tickets on panel Size: 60"x144"
The Minor Fall and the Major Lift (TRIUMPH / TRAGEDY), 2013 Medium: Marble bases from discarded trophies Size: 9” x 79” x 11” This work is from a series of trophy marble texts discussing the relics of memory and hope. When you approach the sculpture, from the left you read the word TRIUMPH, and as you work your way to the other side of the marble from another angle reads TRAGEDY.
In Banks We TRUST, 2012 Medium: gold ink written on wall Size: 90" x 100" x 240" This work is in the original Manhattan bank building on Queens Plaza in Long Island City, NY. On approaching the work you read the word TRUST, which is made from the existing wall color, while the rest of the wall is a vibrating gold field. Once you get close you will see the gold is made from over 700 bank slogans touting sayings like “Not for profit. For people”and “We listen. You prosper.”
Price of Happiness Year: 2010 Medium: afterlife money and discarded lottery tickets Size: 170" x 347" x 3" As China shifts itʼs value system towards a more western and capitalist model, itʼs real estate market has skyrocketed. We built this site specific panel in the 798 district of Beijing in the shape of an American home and used motifs found in historical Beijing homes.
this is it Year: 2010 Medium: discarded lottery tickets, romance novel covers, wood, mirrors and a chandelier Size: 108" x 156" x 168" "this is it" is a movie set made from hopes for love and money. When inside, the viewer is surrounded in color and luxury but is also aware that it is all a facade. The mirrors expand the space and create a sense of infinity.
Dream Home, 2009 Medium: $70,000 of discarded lottery tickets, cardboard, foam, wood Size: 102" x 144" x 288" The Dream Home is made from $70,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets. The collages are copies of paintings that were purchased for the National Gallery by the National Lottery Board in London.
Dream Car, 2008 Medium: $39,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets, cardboard, wood, cast plastic, and steel Size: 72" x 72" x 180" A new car is one of the first things people buy when winning the lottery. The Dream Car is made from $39,000 of discarded tickets which was also the ticket price for a new Hummer in 2008.