Every Man a King But No One Wears a Crown

Every Man a King But No One Wears a Crown

2007

84″h x 36”w x 1/8″d high intensity sheeting on aluminum

A purple toll-road sign remobilizes populist politician Huey Long’s famous slogan.

Flock

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Image: Will Kirk Flock 2

Flock

2004

Pasture, four sheep and electric fence

Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

A flock of sheep pastured for six months at a historic mansion in Baltimore. The sheep point backwards to the self-sufficient European estates that were the models for America’s great houses, and also refer to Frederick Law Olmsted’s influence on Evergreen’s grounds. “Flock” depended on the cooperation of Baltimore’s Health Department, county extension agents, Evergreen House’s curators and grounds keepers, 4-H club participants and volunteers.

 

 

Pasture, four sheep and electric fence
Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Vamp

Vamp

Vamp

2006

variable dimensions, Theremin, solar audio system and wine barrels

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Vamp consists of a solar-powered Theremin†. Museum visitors, sea gulls and maybe even palm fronds can activate the electronic instrument, serenading the Pacific Ocean (or the surfers changing out of their wetsuits on nearby Coast Boulevard).

n. a musical instrument with electronic tone generation, the pitch and tone volume being controlled by the distance between the player’s hands and two metal rods serving as antenna. [Named after Léon Theremin (b. 1896), Russian inventor]

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Root Hog or Die

Root Hog or Die

Root Hog or Die

2006

60″h x 12”w x 1/8″d high intensity sheeting on aluminum

Archaic sentiments grace highway signs fabricated according to contemporary standards for cultural and historical attractions. One of a series that also includes: “Industry Need Not Want” and “I Ain’t Rich But I’m Free.”

Oh Lonesome Me

Oh Lonesome Me

Oh Lonesome Me

2005

variable dimensions, reflector lamps, ladder, electronic components and pc

McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, NC

A Morse code beacon in the bell-tower of a church building transmits the lyrics to Hank Williams’ song “Oh Lonesome Me” to the Bank of America Tower in nearby downtown Charlotte.

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I Ain’t Rich But I’m Free

I Ain’t Rich But I’m Free

Image: Scott Peveto

I Ain’t Rich But I’m Free

2005

102″h x 12”w x 1/8″d, high intensity sheeting on aluminum

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Image: Tom Dubrock

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2005

6’h x 9’w x 9’d, valencia oranges and cartons

In a reverse Steinbeckian narrative, imagery from a Utopian fruit crate label comes east out-of-season to rot during the course of a month-long summer exhibition in Houston.

An Injury to One is An Injury to All

An Injury to One is An Injury to All

An Injury to One is An Injury to All

2005

2’h x 18’w, neon signage

Venue: Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

A neon sign displays a classic 20th century labor movement slogan, re-cementing a mid-20th century Art Deco building to its own origins in history and testing the efficacy of dragging forward into the present a common sense progressive political ideal.

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2004

4″h x 6″w postcard

A postcard captures an airplane flying through a rainbow over a Houston strip mall.

Sheridan Line

Sheridan Line

Sheridan Line

2004

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Sky Line Drive-In Theater, Sheridan, WY

A pick-up line addressed to the Great Plains from Sheridan’s closed-for-the winter drive-in theater.