Robes I & II
- Metabolism Study (Falling Knight) and Séance (Entropic)
I & II
photograph, orange slices, tempered glass, metal frame, silicone,
I & II, 93 in x 93 in each, installed: solo exhibtion, The
Rising Sea: Images and Constructions from South Florida and Other
of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL. 1998.
Study (Falling Knight), 78 in. x 78 in., and Séance
(Entropic) I & II, 40 in.
h x 72 in. w, each, installed: solo exhibition, Gallery Paule Anglim,
San Francisco, CA, 1996.
/ Process Works
The photo/process series is a group of related photographic works done
from 1995 to 1996. Physically, these works are photographic images with
thinly sliced sections of orange placed on selected areas of the pictures.
This arrangement is permanently sealed and kept under compression by
the glazing and frame of the work. The orange slices are allowed to interact
over time with the surface chemistry of the photograph consuming and
altering portions of the image.
interaction of orange slices with these images investigate
a complex array of symbols representing change including:
metabolism as an energy system and as aesthetic or psychological
ferment; the historic transformation and catalysis of the
west by medieval Asiatic invaders, conquers from the land
where the orange originated; corrosion and entropy as represented
as a form of the sublime, anthropomorphised and expressed
through images of warfare and spirituality.
slice works are preceded by Rotting Flame,
1994, a work that examined decay as a form of fire. These
photo processs works
are theoretically related to a series of landscape furnace/kiln
sculptures of the 1980s
and early 1990s
such as Wave Ship (of Fire), 1994, Untitled (Earth
Orchid), 1989 and Metabolism and Mortality/O2, 1992. Through the use of fire as a process of nature, generated
and contained by industrial technology, these pieces activated
images associated with landscape, seascape, metabolic cycles,
photosynthesis and fossil fuels in geologic and contemporary
time. The sealed photo/orange slice pieces may be seen as
an interiorization and exploration of systemic/psychic sites
human time paralleling the earlier environmental sculptures.
Other works in the series include: Thyroid Portrait/Knights
Pituitary Portrait/Knights I-V, and Metabolism Study
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