2010- Mean and Sneaking - 'Hive' installation created a work installed on the ceiling of the gallery in an unexpected way using untraditional materials- balloons and plastic sheeting.
2008- BROOKLKYN CONDO - was a comment on the massive condo construction going on throughout NYC. It is the simplest of structures a glass box with views of the East river, not much character, bland and elistist with its 1,000,000 price tag, where greed money without regard to you fellow man ruled the last several years in Brooklyn from the Williamsburg water front to various glass tower on Flatbush.
2007- BROOKLYN SUBWAY-This piece was part of a larger group show recreating the 1960's world fair scale model of New York City. I chose to recreate the many Brookyn subway lines out of plastic water bottles, a material I am attracted to. The opaque white tubes inside the clear bottles are the illuminated subway cars at night. One detail shot shows the Coney Island Depot where the F B and D train come together and various transfers are avilable.
2005- IGLOO- THis was my Hunter College MFA, I chose to create a structure out of cheap storage containers bought from my now local Brooklyn Target. The piece concerns several ideas- !st as I said cheap multiples- plastic containers, 2nd translucency of light, 3rd The heaviness of the structure balanced with the lightness or feel of the structure. Cold air was fed into the piece from a portable air conditioner, and in a small way the cold air reflected on the coldness of modern buisiness practices and mass consumption of modern society.
The water-bottle mobiles such as “Erupting Flower, Erupting Love” and “White Angel” deal with finding and taking something, mostly plastic or prefabricated materials, and manipulating and reinterpreting the material in a playful way, much like Calder. They also came out of walking the New York streets and seeing everyone carrying a water bottle. They are truly modern, mass-produced, cheap source materials part of our everyday experience, that just about everyone can relate to.
“Wind Tunnel” (Fan- Piece) is about pushing repetition ideas (due to the mass consumption of materials readily available today at K-mart, Home Depot etc.), size, the heaviness and the bulkiness of the piece contrasted with the airiness of the work when the blades are actually moving cooling off visitors who pass through the piece. It has also become an idea more about sensory experience. Visitors passed through the 6 foot tall, 4 feet wide, 16 foot long piece at both the Dumbo Arts Festival in October of 2003 and at Hunter Open Studios in November of 2003. There was quite a range of responses from the visitors to the Fan-Piece as they experienced the rush of air and the unsettling rattle of approximately 50 fans. I can also see this piece in a gallery hallway, a train station, or any passageway used for transversing from one place to another, wherein the public is constantly moving through it, mimicking our modern fast-paced stressful existence.
My “Cloud” pieces utilize transparencies of light, color and volume of space. They consist of sealed plastic sheets filled with air. Inside these sheets I placed painted Plexiglass attached to fluorescent light fixtures. These cloud pieces radiate light and create a spiritual energy that encompasses the space they are placed in. These pieces take inspiration from Andy Warhol’s Mylar balloons, Dan Flavin’s light pieces, Robert Irwin’s Scrim work and Tim Hawkinson’s inflatable pieces.
“Gazebo”, 3/00 at the ABC No Rio “Ides of March #2 show was inspired by towers of garbage cans in Home Depot. I am reminded of the columns of the temples of Ancient Greece. I feel challenged as an artist to find out how and why these materials are so important today and to mold them into modern interpretations. My impulses were lent credence by a recent visit to the Bilboa Guggenheim. Gehry’s fish scales of titanium echo my use of the scales of garbage can halves to shingle my building. In “Gazebo” I deal with the reinterpretation of mass-produced objects (e.g. plastic garbage cans). I created a modern structural environment that also evokes a spiritual element - a semi- translucent glow from natural sunlight during the day and fluorescent lighting at night.