I created two videos for the this show, with Timothy Williams the curator- they are above- a projection of water onto a cows skull, and a small lcd screen inserted into a surfboard. The content of this video is my shots of Timothy shooting up the board with pistol and shotgun. Both notions- inserting a small TV into a surfboard, and projecting onto a skull with a pico-projector are mine. Below is from the press release explaining the genisis of Darkwave.
For most people – especially those outside of California who view Los Angeles as an idyllic oasis of movie stars, bikini-clad beach divas, and a laid-back, sunny lifestyle – a connection between surfing and violence isn’t immediately obvious. So DARKWAVE has been carefully curated to challenge viewers to mine the artists’ work for such connections. Williams, however, can shed some light on the inspiration for the exhibition. “One evening I was painting in my studio in Venice Beach. I took a break, stepped outside the door and was held up at gunpoint by five men,” explains Williams, also curator for the show. “That’s when this wave of realization hit me: I could very well pay the ultimate price for creating art and surfing in L.A.—in an instant I had an immediate connection to all the unsuspecting people I read about across the city who have suffered from random acts of violence.”
A site specific single channel video installation
sponsored by the City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs
with generous support from the
National Endowment for the Arts
The ontology of this piece was inspired by Native American tribes who inhabited Southern California.
The Chumash Indians believed that there were three worlds: the world which we inhabit as well as the one above and below us. The world above was the sky and the home of the eagle, sun, moon and the supernatural; the middle world, where humans reside, was held in place by a giant serpent which sometimes moved and caused earthquakes; and the lower world, the underworld, was the home of darkness and evil spirits. Ann Kaneko and I wove this cosmology to combine the natural landscape with chumash motiffs and the contemporary machine culture. It would have been too easy set up these points as binary opposites- instead we attempted to show them all together as a fluid continuity in the evolution of the Southern California landscape.
Labtest is a collaboration of artists working in the Czech republic,
the United Arab Emerites, and the US. Currently active in video
installations and live performances, THELAB.US attempts to push the bounderies of new media and
Was an installation at the Peep-O-Rama gallery on 42nd st. in NYC. The main gallery was taken up with my paintings- at the back were three peep booths, in which were spyholes through which one viewed videos.
Peep-O-Rama was the last classic Times Square peep show before it was shut down and turned into one of five adjacent theatre/exhibition spaces in the Chashama visual arts collaborative.
Now those buildings have all been destroyed, to make room for a new glass megaplex, amongst the new shimmering Times Square.
To be a multi-channel video for Seattle. Collaboration with
musicians and other film-painters. To be created in two stages
- the first to be an installation, the second to be an open-source video collage available on the web for anyone to add pictures, text, and video.