Wednesday, May 23, 2012

new photos of older work

I'm putting together a portfolio this week, so I took the opportunity to shoot better pictures of some older work.

A detail of a watercolor from 2010:

Old etchings turned into stuffed birds:

A mini-shrine created as part of the gallery documentation for my kapliczek installation:

Monday, May 14, 2012

hibernaculum statement

I wrote a statement for my hibernaculum installation. I don't typically write statements for individual pieces, but as this one is installed in a public location without a gallery attendant or anyone to pass on my contact information, I still wanted to be able to communicate to people viewing the piece. I've pasted it below for the benefit of those not able to see the installation in person.

hibernaculum is an installation responding to the epidemic of White Nose Syndrome, an invasive disease with a 90% mortality rate that has been spreading through bat colonies in North America since 2008. The thousands of paper bat silhouettes that comprise this work are cut from old and discarded scientific texts. As I follow the slow pace of research of White Nose, I am reminded that intense study and voluminous data do not always fully illuminate a dynamic and complex universe. The materials and methods used in this work are a meditation on the (f)utility of scientific information and our attempts to understand a world that is changing faster than we can identify causes, effects, or solutions.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

install day 2

Put the finishing touches on the installation last night, including adding a little cluster of bats right up to the window. Night shots of the finished work to follow.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hibernaculum install at Future Tenant

I'm in the process of installing hibernaculum, my piece comprised of many many little paper bats, at Future Tenant in downtown Pittsburgh.

 A picture of the individual disassembled "tiles" of bats:

Install help from the ever-handy Dave:

Getting tiles up on the wall. We built a plywood wall in the bay window to make a space large enough for one or two people to walk into and view the installation:

And a shot from the street:

I've got a bit more filling in and edge cleaning-up to do before I'm finished, but if you're downtown you can already check it out! The installation will be up for the whole month of May at Future Tenant, located at 819 Penn Avenue. Check their website for events - and note that because there are no exhibitions in May, the gallery will probably not be holding normal hours. But I may be there for a few afternoons, so I'll post dates and times here.