Long Island All Washed Up

February 1st, 2013

"Long Island, All Washed Up (by zipcode)," 2012 used sponges, 40 x 13 x 1 inches.

Spongy Brain (Dirty Mind)

January 9th, 2013

"Spongy Brain (Dirty Mind)," 2013. used sponges, 7.5 x 8 in.

Manhattan: Smashed

December 1st, 2012

My newest sculpture comes out of the ongoing Manhattan Effigies series called, “Manhattan: Smashed (The Party’s Over)”.    This piece uses broken wine bottles (left over from the creation of my ENOLOGRAM works), cast in clear acrylic resin and mounted on a wood pedestal.  “Manhattan: Smashed” was created for the exhibition Art Enology at Art in FLUX in Harlem curated by Souleo and  is on view from December 5 – January 23, 2013 along with two other wine-themed works.

"Manhattan: Smashed," 2012. (Front view) broken wine bottles, acrylic resin and wood, dim. var. approx. 17.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.

"Manhattan: Smashed," 2012. (3/4 view) broken wine bottles, acrylic resin and wood, dim. var. approx. 17.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.

A New Series Emerges: ENOLOGRAMS

November 28th, 2012

Early this year I was invited by the curator Souleo to create a new work of art for his Art Enology exhibition at Art in FLUX in Harlem from December 5 – January 23, 2013.  I merged his wine and bottle concept with a few of my ongoing bodies of work—Manhattan Effigies, Rust-O-Grams and Absorption Modules.  I created a new sculpture, “Manhattan: Smashed” made from broken wine bottles cast in the shape of Manhattan island.  I also experimented wine stains on paper that evolved into new series of works now dubbed “ENOLOGRAMS”.  I have been using wine as a staining material for many years, but never so excessively as in these new monoprint/paintings. The wine stains are still changing colors and some of the surfaces are quite iridescent.

Here are two new works from the series “ENOLOGRAM iii,” and “ENOLOGRAM ii”.

"ENOLOGRAM iii," 2012. wine on Arches paper with traces of corrosion, 16 3/8 x 25 3/4 in.

New Manhattan Sponge Map

June 12th, 2012

"Manhattan Effigy (by zipcode) , 2012. used sponges, 18 x 4 1/2 x 3/4 inches. (signed on verso)

I recently completed some new small used sponge maps including this one of Manhattan.  Each sponge section represents the different zipcodes of NYC.  The use of dirty sponges is integral to the concept–Manhattan is one of the most culturally absorbent cultures in the world, and some areas are even quite stinky.

Update: This work is currently on view at Jim Kempner Fine Arts as of June 20, 2012.

New U.S.A. Map, Scale=1:10,400,000

June 5th, 2012

"U.S.A. Used Sponge Assemblage Scale=1:10,400,000," 2012

Recently completed a new sponge map of the U.S.A.  This latest “Used Sponge Assemblage” is Scaled 1:10,400,000 and measures approximately 17 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and is signed on the verso.  This work also includes AK and HI (not shown in picture).

Update: This sculpture is now on view at The Islip Art Museum during the exhibition Art From Dross, June 13-September 2.

New PRODUCE Drawings

April 22nd, 2012

Installation view of PRODUCE Drawings at WAH Center

Recently built new frames for my PRODUCE drawing series and solo exhibition by the same name.  These works have never been shown publicly before. Above is a picture of one of the configurations on display through May 27 at The WAH Center.  For more detailed images and information on the series, please visit the PRODUCE Gallery.

Absorption Modules installation during PRODUCE Exhibition

April 20th, 2012

"Absorption Modules, 6 x 10," 2012. 66 x 110 inches.

New installation of Absorption Modules created for my solo exhibition at the WAH Center, April 21- May 27, 2012.  Each Module is 11 x 11 inches each, made from weathered, stained and embossed paper stacks with corrosion, leaves and other natural elements.

World All Washed Up

March 30th, 2012

World All Washed Up (Scale 1:46,720,800),” 2012. Used sponges, 19 3/4 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Finished in time for this year’s Fountain Fair and on view at the Hullaballoo booth from March 9-11.  World All Washed Up,” is currently on view during “Energetic Fusion,” a collaborative exhibition with fellow artist and professor Ryan Seslow at York College Art Gallery in Jamaica, Queens. March 26-May 3, 2012.

“Tsunami Proof Japan,” 2011 map for Japan Relief

June 12th, 2011

"Tsunami Proof (For Japan)," 2011. Collection of the WAH Center.

I created this new map of Japan to donate for the relief effort following the devastating earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown earlier this year.  The rough red sponge represents the radioactive Fukushima region.  The work was on view at the WAH Center’s ART (Artists Rescue Team) Benefit June 10-11, 2 and is now resides in the WAH Center permanent collection.