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2011 PAINTED CEILING PEDESTAL SCALE MODEL OF A LADDER VELVET GALLERY ROPE This piece is an obvious and humorous homage to one of the keystones in modern art Yoko Ono’s piece “Yes painting” from 1966. By inverting the scale of the ladder and changing the word yes to no and playing on the negative/...
2011 DINGHY, ANCHOR, GLITTER BALL, CONSTELLATION LIGHTBOXES This work investigates the human obsession with adventure and our eternal pursuit of that which we perceive to be unexplored. It references the fact that we are each seeking an experience to validate and prove that we are living, that we are indeed alive. We each hope that...
2011 GOLD VINYL LETTERING 45′ WIDE Gold vinyl lettering spans 45 feet across the atrium wall at the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Boldly stating “If you can’t make it right make it big”, the text is self-referential, commenting on it’s own scale. It also references the institution, the notion of artwork within...
2011 4 CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION DURATION APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR , LOOPED FOOTAGE WITH THANKS TO FRANCESCA CAVILIA, LAUREN DRASLER, SARA KANTOR, ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE KERSTEIN CINEMATOGRAPHY BY KEVIN PONTUTI It is universally acknowledged that a happy life is a good life, and yet, as a civilization we are becoming increasingly depressed, stressed and removed...
2011 CARBON DIMENSIONS VARIABLE This piece questions our never-ending quest for answers to the unanswerable. As a bottomless well, the black hole speaks to our fascination with the concept of nothingness, our embedded fear of complete solitude and ultimately our own mortality. [Exhibited here with You never told me it was going to be like...
2011 MDF, FOAM CORE, POLYURETHANE FILM, LIGHTS DIMENSIONS 40′ x 23′ x 16′H The absorption and assimilation of one edifice into another changes the inherent meaning of a particular space. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. This installation...
2011 MDF SHELF AND MOUNTAIN RANGE 6 DVD PLAYERS PLAYING THE GREATEST HIT MOVIES OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN (QUIETLY, ON A LOOP) 23′ x 3.5′ x 1′ Just above head height, a shelf lines the wall of a room, with a white-painted facade in the shape of a mountain range. From behind the mountains, a...
Site-specific installation at SELLOUT
Site-specific vinyl lettering
The probability of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand, seven hundred and twenty to one
12 MONITOR VIDEO INSTALLATION DIMENSIONS VARIABLE 1 HOUR 28 MINUTES DURATION CINEMATOGRAPHY BY EVAN DROLET COOK An open call was held for volunteers to come and recount the plot from the original three Star Wars films, on camera, alone in the studio. Participants were asked to wear black and retell the story to...
16 MONITOR VIDEO INSTALLATION DURATION 1 HOUR 58 MINUTES DIMENSIONS VARIABLE CINEMATOGRAPHY BY EVAN DROLET COOK INSTALLATION IMAGES BY RIK SFERRA Sixteen participants were allocated a role from Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds. Each participant was filmed isolated in their own home, watching the film in silence. When their allocated character had a speaking part,...
The desire to stay versus the inevitability of change is a sixteen monitor video installation produced in conjunction with the cinematographer Evan Drolet Cook. The work was exhibited at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis in February 2008.
Five participants were asked to come to a screening of the 1970 film, Five Easy Pieces. Later that day, each individual was asked to recount, on camera in an empty studio, as much of the film as they could remember. Each participant sat in one of five places on a sofa to recount the experience.
The longer I sit, the less inclined I am to stand up is a video installation exploring our constant quest for self improvement and the celebrity cult of the chef. Participants are filmed cooking in real-time to the instruction provided by an episode of 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray. The process is documented with a hand-held video camera. The audio features the voice of Rachael Ray narrating her endeavours on the TV program, mingling with the cooking sounds generated by the participant.
On each of five architectural columns, a column of vinyl lettering text contains all the words needed to construct a popular love song. When presented in this manner, the emotions and sentiments lose their impact, and the over-riding message is one of banality. The words and repetitions become formulaic, and by extension are able to be reduced, reused and recycled.
My wife is so proud of me... is a project initiated in the summer of 2002. tectonic industries measured the grounds of the house in Wisconsin in which they were living and produced an aerial plan depicting the placement of the house, trees, pathways etc. A grid system was drawn up, dividing the property into 130 squares, each measuring 10 x 10 feet. From September 4th to October 14th, 2002, each square was systematically searched using a metal detector. When a metal item was located, a numbered flag was placed into the ground, and a photograph taken using a Polaroid camera. The item was then dug up and sealed into a plastic bag, with the date, time and position of the find recorded.In total, 519 items were found including a multitude of screws, nails, pieces of aluminium foil and bottle tops.
On the evening of February 5th, 2005, various members of the public positioned on Medicine Lake, Minnesota, USA independently reported an unusual sighting. It would seem that some sort of UFO landed on the frozen lake, with two beings emerging from the module to survey the area. Based on eyewitness reports and testimonies, in conjunction with some out of focus video footage, tectonic industries created a reconstruction of this possible event.
Wooden rockinghorse, oak-effect self adhesive vinyl laminate
12 clear, 20" diameter, plexiglass domes filled with wrapped fortune cookies are placed in a circle on the gallery floor. A randomly generated date from the next 100 years is positioned next to each dome in white vinyl lettering. The dates are arranged in ascending order, in a clockwise direction.
A video projector projects a large-scale image onto a blank wall. White text on a black background scrolls ceaselessly upwards. Seemingly random questions are posed with a choice of six answers to choose from, labelled A-F. The questions are not numbered, but there are 250 of them in total. The questions themselves range from reasonably straight-forward (Which of the following authors do you prefer?) to somewhat non-sensical (What is your favourite dental hygiene tool?). They directly refer to the questionnaires found in books and magazines which attempt to diagnose and resolve personality issues, relationship problems, etc.
A group of hand-made, life-size stuffed animals sit in a circle, facing inwards. Each animal is wearing a pair of bunny ears and a bunny tail
11 life-size, hand-sewn bears dressed in camouflage fleece outfits sit inside a large tent pitched in the gallery space. They are watching television, specifically the local PBS broadcast. Monitors in the gallery space detail the TV schedule for the duration of the show. Brown astroturf covers the floor. The gallery space is painted in two shades of green to match the tent. A lone bear dressed in two-tone green sits behind the tent, camouflaged to both the tent and the walls.
In summer, 2003, tectonic industries organised the 2003 Wisconsin Outdoor Squirrel Convention to coincide with the 2003 Wisconsin Outdoor Scuplture Invitational. The events were held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, amongst 75 acres of rolling woodland.
The conference was a huge success, drawing squirrels from across the midwest, both real and artificial. Please follow the image links for further information and to read the convention agenda.
There are forty one species of duck which breed in the wild in North America. Each species is represented in this work by an identical large yellow rubber duck. Each duck is placed on a clear plexiglass shelf which is screwed directly into the gallery wall. The shelves are twelve inches wide by ten inches deep. The ducks are placed on the shelf looking diagonally out over the front left corner of the shelf.
A City To Live In is a two-part installation consisting of twelve black and white photographs of models (60 x 80cm) and three glass floor pieces (80 x 150cm). Each glass panel stands upon clear acrylic cylinders, raising them 8cm off the floor.The glass is acid-etched and therefore relatively opaque. Upon this surface, sand-blasted shapes refer to cut-outs of non-places extracted from various city-plans. These forms function to fragment the map of the city. Roads, residential areas and all other details have been omitted, leaving only the plans, or footprints, of non-places. The details of these fragmented plans are more or less evident, depending on the lighting conditions within the gallery space; at certain times they are barely visible, at others the shapes cast shadows onto the floor.