Let Thy Discontents Be Thy Secrets

Let Thy Discontents Be Thy Secrets

Image: Glenna Jennings

Let Thy Discontents Be Thy Secrets

2011

20’h x 80’w Mylar balloons, helium and string

A Benjamin Franklin proverb is deployed in a pre-sale exorcism attempt at the curator’s grandmother’s house in the California desert.

Clearing

Clearing

Clearing

2011

variable dimensions, discarded Christmas trees

Camino Field, University of San Diego

78 discarded Christmas trees kidnapped from curbs and dump sites and reconfigured into a small grove with a clearing on a manicured campus lawn in January.

Untitled

Untitled

Image: Ian Cuevas

Untitled

2010

108″h x 96″w x 96″d redwood

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Untitled relocates a California Do-It-Yourselfer’s rustic redwood gazebo, “stuffing” this exterior domestic garden folly into a narrow interior passage within MCASD’s post-modernist building in an act of architectural turducken.

So What Are We Going To Do?

So What Are We Going To Do?

So What Are We Going To Do?

2010

4’h x 28’w x 4’d, Commercial Awning

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

A diffident Southern Californian restatement of Lenin’s famous question “What is to Be Done?”

Angle of Repose

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Image: Bill Davenport

Angle of Repose

2009

9.5’h x 13’w x 16’d, lumber, corn, glue

Optical Projects, Houston, TX

Recent bumper crops of corn in the United States, along with recollections of the strangely-scaled representations on grade-school commodity maps, are the inspiration for a sculpture that is one part cheerful cornucopia and one part paranoiac preparation. The interior of the ersatz corn pile can be entered via a secret tunnel from the junk shop next door to the gallery.

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Untitled

Untitled

2009

7’h x 7’w x 8’d, garbage cans, tumbleweed, traffic delineator, sawhorses and caution tape

An exurban documentary tableau records the collision between a romantic notion of the American West and our attempts to inhabit its landscape.

Woods

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Woods (detail: Mill)

2009

17″h x 11″w, lithographs, LEDs, electronics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(detail: East)

lithographs, LEDs and electronics

A collection of 20+ mass-produced landscape prints by mid-twentieth century painter Robert Wood are retrofitted with blinking lights and battery packs. The lights take these populist prints the final step towards low-brow (now animated they join the ranks of the ever-flowing waterfalls of bar-room beer signs) while introducing a troubling reference to human activity more complex than the campfires and cottages Wood occasionally included in his views.

 

 

(detail: North)

lithographs, LEDs and electronics

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Untitled

Untitled

2009

3.5″h x 5 – 7.5″w x 3″d each, high-impact polystyrene with LEDsLuis De Jesus / Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA

An open edition of individually vacuformed mountain sculptures, each fitted with a blinking beacon.

If We Make it Through December

If We Make it Through December

2008

Mobile arrow sign, electronic components and pc

A mobile advertising sign flashes out the lyrics to a Bakersfield ballad in Morse code for tourists in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

We All Have to Swim in the Same Water

We All Have to Swim in the Same Water

We All Have to Swim in the Same Water

2007

arrow signs and professional stunt sign-spinners

Trick sign-spinners typically employed to advertise Southern California’s rapidly proliferating condominium developments are given an ambiguous quote from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown to sell to downtown San Diego.

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