“Garbage” — seen, selected and loved — recalibrates the synchronicity of its path and therefore everything. The event becomes art. An object becomes the exploration of a human experience.
Ever since I was a little boy, I have been making stuff. At a very young age — 5 or 6 perhaps — I remember making a cage for my cat Tiger. The wooden box had a ladder-like door constructed of two strips of wood connected with dowels. This door was strung to the winding knob on the back of an alarm clock As the alarm rang, the knob would spin and (I hoped) raise the door. My sister recalls me taping the CO2 cartridge from my brothers BB gun to a pair of roller skates to make them “supersonic.”
Not much has changed over the past thirty years. I have spent much of my adult life living in garages continuing this three-dimensional experimentation: In my twenties, I made a pool table out of a Volkswagen Bus, a fish tank out of an AMC Pacer, and lamps from parking meters.
My recent study of furniture design and building techniques has given my work a cleaner, more refined look. No doubt, this education has made me a better, more dynamic designer and builder, but the attention to detail and formalism that it requires has also taken away some of my inventiveness.
In response to this realization, I am currently experimenting with designing a mass produced chair made from plywood and recycled felt impregnated with epoxy. I am also designing and building furniture from old wine barrels.
The Dump is a perfect venue to host the meeting of my free-thinking, creative past and my most recent formal education. I am excited to share the results with the world.
Photos and press release for this artist.
Residency: February 2005 - April 2005
Art Exhibition: Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23
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