The Play Company commissioned me to create this piece for their production of the site specific play This Is My Office.
They describe the show as, “a guided tour through an empty office becomes the unexpected portal to a forgotten New York, and a father’s legacy.” So it made sense to use office supplies to create a ghostly image of the main character’s father, rising from a desk in a 70′s style office space.
Profile Theater, based in Portland, Oregon, asked me to create an updated logo for their company as they moved into their 16th year.
Their goal was to better show how they embrace and engage their audience via an in depth look at a single playwright’s work each season. They also wanted to do a better job of appealing to a younger, contemporary audience, while not losing their existing audience, and clearly distinguishing themselves from other theaters in the area.
Since they expressed an interest in retaining a relationship to their previous logo, it made sense to still include a face in profile. However, rather than working with a generic profile, I suggested that they create a family of logos with a variety of male and female faces, that could represent the range of playwrights that they produce. The logos can be used in rotation on various pieces of marketing material and new faces can be periodically be added as necessary.
Because their season is about exploring the playwrights’ work in detail it made sense to create a logo out of lots of tiny pieces of information, challenging the audience to put them together and interpret them in their own heads. Based on low-resolution LED screens, the image is created with a series of colorful dots that seem abstract up close, but become a photo-realistic image the further away the logo is viewed.
I created this set of illustrations for the Black Alice black light poster project. It features interpretations of characters and images from Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass by eight different artists. Each silkscreened poster transforms with additional imagery when viewed under black light…
I created this poster for the 3rd annual celebration of Skull Appreciation Day at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.
Since the show is a collaboration of Skull-A-Day and Street Anatomy, I and my co-curator Vanessa Ruiz decided to challenge the participating artists to use a template to create a new skull image, which we would then cut in half (digitally) and combine with other people’s work to create a unique set of mash-up prints to display. It was only fair that Vanessa and I would take the challenge as well and create our own pieces using the template, which I then incorporated into the poster, with an appropriately split design to match.
In 2012 I created Dead Media, an art installation for the TCC Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA out of 497 VHS videocassettes. The work was specifically designed to be a temporary installation, as part of the In Above, and Beyond Ground exhibition, and when the curator asked me what to do with the materials when the piece was dismantled I suggested that they be offered up to the art students/teachers of the Tidewater Community College to work with so that they wouldn’t end up in a landfill (which is where they were destined before I diverted them). Happily I just heard back this week that the students did indeed use the materials to create new works of art and continue the cycle of reuse! Below is an example of the work…
“VHS Phoenix” was created by Tory Mills, a student at Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA. It was made for an assignment in his 3-D Design class using recycled video tapes from Noah Scalin’s 2012 exhibition, “In, Above and Beyond Ground.” The piece, pictured here, recently appeared in the “42nd Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition” at the Center.
Read more about the original Dead Media installation HERE.