News & Upcoming Projects
Heide Hatry's Not A Rose
I'm honored to have been invited by the celebrated artist Heide Hatry to include an essay in her recently published monograph, Not A Rose. From the publisher:
"Masked as a traditional coffee table book, Not A Rose quotes from the genre while turning it inside out, for the images it offers are not innocent, pretty flowers but elegant, compelling, yet grotesque sculptures that the artist has created from the offal, sex organs, and other parts of animals, reminding us that the flowers that grace our homes are really the detached dead sex organs of living beings, and making us question the foundations of aesthetic reception in general. Woven through the images, and taking its cue from them, is the writing of 101 prominent intellectuals, writers, and artists (such as Jonathan Ames, Jonathan Safran Foer, Donna Haraway, Lucy Lippard, Richard Milner, Rick Moody, Avital Ronell, Steven Pinker, Peter Singer, and Franz Wright...) who address 'the question of the flower' from a multiplicity of perspectives, including anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, philology, botany, neuroscience, art history, gender studies, physics, and chemistry."
More information can be found on the handsome book here.
In 2011, artist-curator Selene Foster and I co-founded BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions), a series of San Francisco-based evening programs that bring together local visual artists, musicians, choreographers, scientists, and interdisciplinary thinkers to present engaging, multi-media lectures and performances that explore a given theme. By bringing together working artists and scientists to present their ideas and projects, we aim to foment not only interdisciplinary exchange but also, because these lectures and performances are free and open to the public, to make the fine arts and sciences less esoteric for a general audience, thereby inspiring guests to think about how art and science relate to one another and to society at large.
The first program, "BAASICS.1: A Live Animal," took place in July 2011, at San Francisco's ODC Theater; the focus of the program was humanity's relationship to other species. "BAASICS.2: The Future," also at ODC Theater, occurred in June 2012, and brought together Bay Area artists, inventors, futurists, researchers, and musicians whose projects and musings provided the audience with some sense of what may lie just around the proverbial corner. "BAASICS.3: The Deep End" takes as its subject neurological and psychiatric disorders; it will take place on May 6, 2013, again at the ODC Theater.
For more information, please visit the BAASICS website.
Buy A Limited Edition Print and Support Good Causes
Artworld Digest Magazine is selling my limited edition print, "Everywhere Looks the Same #1." Each print in the edition of 100 is sold with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and, importantly, 65% of the sales proceeds will benefit The Center for Contemporary Environmental Art (CCEA), the organization behind the Seed Project. The prints cost $25.00. Buy one here.
I've produced two limited edition prints for The Endangered Species Print Project, the red wolf and Javan rhinoceros. 100% of the sales price of these prints will fund the work of conservation groups working to protect and restore populations of these two species. The prints cost $50.00. Learn more about the ESPP and purchase prints here.
In 2009, I worked with the esteemed Greenberg Editions to produce two limited edition prints, "further murmuration" and "Synesthesia #1." Each print is $150.00, 50% of which will be donated to one of the four non-profit organizations that I am currently partnered with. Find more information on this charitable sales model here. If you are interested in purchasing one of these two prints, please contact me.