Little Houses

Pre-fab(ulous) Environments, 2013
Installed at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky
Insulation Styrofoam panels, Styrofoam peanuts, die-cut paper, printed vinyl, dvd player, looped video, light, blue duct tape, tables and chairs

The 2013, installation of Pre-fab(ulous) Environments a group exhibition titled The 7 Borders  at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft which featured a variety of artworks inspired by and about living in the midwest.  

The little houses in Pre-fab(ulous) Environments were inspired by descriptions of the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum.  The citizens of these communities lived with a volcano six miles away and thus the shape of volcano was a part of the landscape.  Forces of nature such as volcanoes are awe-inspiring and frightening.

Similarly, I find forces that are human-made such as mountainous landfills just outside of cities to be also be awe-inspiring and frightening.  Although an eruption of Mt. Landfill is not eminent, but as it grows with the by-products of capitalistic conspicuous consumption, the threat of being buried in Styrofoam and Happy Meals grows too. 

 

Pre-fab(ulous) Environments, 2009
Installed at Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania
Insulation Styrofoam panels, Styrofoam peanuts, die-cut paper, printed vinyl, light, blue duct tape, tables and chairs

In Pre-fab(ulous) Environments, by creating houses in three sizes, (game piece, happy meal, and play house) perceptions of control, play, security, and abundance are questioned and challenged.  Through the artificiality of the Styrofoam, this sculptural installation was designed to encourage dialogue about individual and community approaches to “happiness” in a disposable environment. 

What if the often silent and ever growing problems with waste disposal are the hidden weapons of mass destruction?  Does the ease of pre-fabrication when combined with the possibility that the grass may be greener, cleaner, better elsewhere yield a pre-fabulous existence?

 

Divertissement, 2005-2009

The above images are selected elements from a series of works titled Divertissement that I made between 2005-2009.  These artworks all question process of consumption and changes in perception.   Whether it be uncented air-tree fresheners, bathrugs from Walmart, a latchhook rug from a patern, or a candy machine with wisdom and joy placebo pills, each of these artworks offer a "divertissement."

“Divertissement” is the brief entertainment or diversion, usually between the acts of a play.  During the 17th and 18th century in France, the term implied incidental aspects of an entertainment (usually involving singing and dancing) that might be inserted in an opera or ballet or other stage performance.

In this series Divertissement, each piece explores types of diversions that are all too easy to get distracted by.   In each artwork explores a diversion, shortcut, or cyclical emotion that is commonly exploited for capitalistic gains.  Like commercials, these works are inviting, playful, and game-like in design, but are all placebos.