Hollow and Swell

Hollow and Swell is an exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery, September-November, 2017. The exhibition includes animated sculptures, watercolors and a projection.

Swell, projected in the gallery, is the final work in the series inspired by Thomas Cole’s Course of Empire paintings. Cole’s project was completed against a backdrop of a culture shifting from an agrarian to an industrialized way of life. Swell, a meditation on the central painting in the cycle, Consummation of Empire, depicts a city that has grown and expanded to unprecedented heights at a time when industrialization gives way to a digital future.
The attempt to contain and control nature, an expansion that undermines the very conditions required for survival, the relentless complexity of contemporary digital life, and the wild fluctuation of water, are all themes that weave through the piece. But Swell also reminds us that at the heart of the expanding empire are the people whose labor is the foundation  of its construction. At the same time, we are reminded that the artist is not outside this cycle of expansion and in fact, plays a key role in it. 

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


Sculpture


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.

Watercolors

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