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lalaland | city of angels

Relocating to downtown Los Angeles in 1990 from a small lakeside resort in British Columbia Canada was a life game changer. This radical geographic shift came to represent an opportunity to witness / experience issues formerly only exposed to at arms length - social hierarchies, varying forms of suppression and radicalized discrimination, formidable basic life challenges, illiteracy, an invisible work force be that in LA’s downtown garment district sweat shops or lined up on mansioned Beverly Hills street corners every weekday morning, blindness to incomprehensible homelessness - and for the first time experienced overt gender inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace - oh... and lets not forget to include ageism, yet I was far from what I considered old. Following are select projects undertaken during the Nineties that were a responsive visual reaction..

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Chalkboard with letters that spell out ‘Fight Illiteracy', folding chair with artificial turf

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Change

120” X 10”
Globe refinished as a blackboard mounted on the top of an unreachable 12 ft pole with a chalk stick hanging on a string.

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Mixed Messages

Installation:

Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles


3 neon units which randomly flash altering the sequencing and greater conceptual content of the text messaging

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Seat of Supression

28” x 28” x 54”
Steel chair with mounted reclaimed leather horse blinders, faux fur seat pillow, cast wax hands and feet in crouched position

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Traces

4” x 4’ x 2.5”
Five cast paraffin wax blocks embedded with paper strips having text similar to those found in product packaging such as  'inspected by' typically referencing assembly or production line workers.

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Untitled

28” x 24” x 15”
Reclaimed materials: cardboard, rope, polyurethane foam, blanket, shirt, shoes, pop can configured into a footstool-like form

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eve | gender inequality

The following works were a reaction to aspects of gender inequality and discrimination either witnessed and/or experienced.

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Knowledge Isn’t Everything

28” x 23” x 7.25”
15 volume set of re-purposed and rebound vintage books

This project involved solicitation of written content from inmates at the California Institution for Women incarcerated for having killed their significant others as a result of domestic violence. Their responses were inserted into a set of 14 re-bound 'Books of Knowledge' the pages of which were blank with the exception of one double page spread that was culled and reproduced from the original books.


Due to the timeless content of this original project, I have resurrected and re-presented it in different formats: 2013 - Fly on the Wall and in 2022 Behind Closed Doors.

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Black + Blue

Installation | Collaboration with
video artist David Beckman
Lime Gallery, CalArts, Valencia CA


Dimensionalized blueprint setting of a generic living room setting intending to stimulate dialogue on domestic violence influences.

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In Pursuit Of

78” x 12” x 12”
Fiberglass mannequin form filled with white chalk, with neon halo and pair of high heel shoes

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Hello My Name is Eve

32.5” x 24” x 24”
Re-upholstered steno chair with silk-screened text on canvas and rotating high heel shoes replacing traditional casters.

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Not Tonight Dear - I Have a Headache

22” x 22” x 32”
Diverse everyday reclaimed objects mounted within a triangular cage-like form that can be secured onto a head with a water bottle chin strap.

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eden | techno gardens

By the mid 1990’s the age of communications technology had already infiltrated the masses, leading to the creation of a body of work cross-referencing the shift taking place, raising questions as to how this related personally, but to the world around me including the environment itself. The work expresses a tension between disillusionment and hope - between the natural and technological world - between human potency and manual labour.

Ambidextrous

108” x 72” x 8”
Five re-purposed garden tools, circuit boards

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Gallery installation

Window installation:

Lankershim Arts Centre, North Hollywood

Polyurethane foam, natural desiccated branches, fluorescent lighting, re-purposed garden tools with circuit boards

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New Growth

Installation: Detours - 18th Street
Arts
Complex, Santa Monica, CA

Telecom wire, circuit boards

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Inbetween

12” x 34” x 60”
Re-purposed conveyor rack replacing rollers with square circuit boards

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Tic Toc

Window installation:

Architectural Interventions, Full Moon Gallery, downtown Los Angeles


Suspended re-purposed conveyor rack with  circuit boards, deteriorated shovel remains, natural branch replacing shovel handle, vintage staff time clock with battery operated accelerated spinning clock hands, open vintage pocket watch

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Cultivating the Future

40” x 30” x 26”
Natural desiccated branches, circular circuit boards positioned as though leaf replacements

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Cultivating the Future - Iris

38” x 30” x 24”
Grouping of four units consisting of circular circuit boards, aluminum rods topped with rubber gloves appearing to grow out of a base circuit panel

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Cultivating the Future - Marigolds

18” x 18” x 18”
Circular circuit boards on aluminum rods with rubber gloves and electronic lighting components appearing to be growing out of a large base circuitry panel

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Cultivating the Future - Turf

6.25" x 8.25" x 5"
Circuit board, electronic wiring components

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consumed | consumer culture

The cross-border move to LA prompted a focus on aspects of personal life that over time involved the accumulation of too much 'stuff'. This led to the creation of a body of work specifically focused on aspects of consumer culture, conspicuous consumption and contemplation of the consequences.

Dr[owning]

Installation: Works Festival,

Manulife Shopping Centre, Edmonton, AB

Thirteen cast concrete anchors (bakers dozen) embedded with a diversity of misc everyday objects were installed in a vacant retail space in a downtown mall. Neon text spelling out the word ‘DROWNING’ was mounted at the top of surrounding walls within the space to create an all encompassing and visually immersive underwater atmosphere. Neon tones of the letters ‘DR’ were different from the letters ‘‘OWNING’ conceptually underscoring the artwork intentions.

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Gone Fishing

Fishing pole with a large hot pink / violet neon hook

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Power Shopping

Street installation: Venice, CA

Reclaimed shopping cart outfitted
with headlights, battery, jumbo tires and
a Denver boot

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We’ve Got Your Number

Installation Colorado University Art Gallery Boulder - Vice Chancellor's Invitational

Installation consisted of fourteen hunting decoys that were vacuum metallized in pink and blue colors to reference gender targeting. They were placed inside of neon rings creating pools of blue light with one decoy left in it’s natural coloration.

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Cradle to the Grave

Reclaimed shopping cart with an altered  base rocker panel replacing the wheels. Cart Included a suspended electroplated glass carrot.

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The Taste Test

Reclaimed shopping cart that was converted into a cage with attached test tubes. The only remnant in the cage were the remains of a rat’s skull.

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