Hollow and Swell

Presented at Catharine Clark Gallery in the Fall of 2017, Hollow and Swell included animated sculptures, watercolors, and projection.


Swell, 2017, 4k digital animation, 10:13

Score by Jeremy Turner

Sound Design by Owen O'Neill

Animation Assistance: Penn Eastburn


Swell is the final animation in a series inspired by Hudson River painter Thomas Cole’s Course of Empire cycle.  Consummation of Empire, the central painting in the series, provides the point of departure for the animation which depicts a city growing and expanding to unprecedented heights as industrialization gives way to a digital future.

At the heart of Swell is the labor that lays the foundation of the expanding empire. While Swell draws parallels between artist and laborer, it reminds us that the artist is never outside of this cycle of expansion, and in fact, plays a key role in it. 


Hollow and Swell, Installation View, Catharine Clark Gallery

Hollow and Swell, Installation View, Catharine Clark Gallery

Stills from Swell

Still from Swell, 2017, digital animation, 10:19. Still from Swell, 2017, digital animation, 10:19. 

Still from Swell, 2017, digital animation, 10:19.

Storyboard from Swell


The Price of Gold (with Nicholas Rubin), 2015-17, 3 channel digital animationanimation, 65" monitors, wood frames, hinges, players. 5:00.

 Valley, 2017, Wood, stone, animation, Ipad, cable.17"x17"x17".

Pool, 2017, Stone, animation, Ipad, cable.14"x14"x14". Park, 2017, Stone, animation, Ipad, cable.12"x12"x12".Circular Lament, 2017, Wood, animation,Ipad, cable.


Hermitage I, 2017, Watercolor on paper, 68"x46"Automaton, 2017, Watercolor on paper, 25.5" x 25.5"