The Giant Flowers in Highland Park (Phase 1)
The Giant Flowers in Highland Park (Phase 2)
(additional documentation coming soon)
Ursus Excursus (How to Draw a Polar Bear)
A one-day performance in Central Park celebrating the 50th anniversary The New York Department of Parks and Rec’s Art in the Parks program. Ursus Excursus featured an actor wearing a realistic polar bear costume surrounded by easels, posing for artists and participants from the public who were invited to sketch him from observation. The event resulted in hundreds of drawings that, when viewed out of context, challenge the viewer to discern whether or not they were drawn from a real or artificial animal. This piece is not only a nod to the Central Park Zoo’s famous polar bears throughout history, but a reminder of the direct effects of climate change on the dwindling arctic polar bear population. Photographic documentation (35mm and digital) and the collection of drawings are what comprise the current incarnation of Ursus Excursus. This piece was sponsored by Greenpeace.
It Takes Two (Hammer & Nail)
Originally commissioned for Fringe Projects in Miami, Florida. It Takes Two features two 18-foot moving inflatable elements, one looking like a giant hammer and the other a giant nail. Just like the ‘dancing’ tubular figures you see in front of used car lots, the hammer and nail move, rising and falling in a humorous fashion, next to one another so as to appear as if the hammer is trying to hit the nail and the nail is dodging the hammer. This perpetual dance between these two iconic symbols of construction and progress serve as a greater metaphor about cooperation. The piece was first installed in an empty lot in the midst of rapid development in Miami.
The piece was later shown at Socrates Sculpture Park, The Oxbow School, and Central Park behind the Met.
Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, 2010-2011