The tarpaulin works began in the darkest days of the pandemic. It seemed as if things would never again be “business as usual”. Starting over seemed to be the logical thing to do. Rather than head back out into hardware and art supply stores, materials were scavenged from what was already on hand - old tarps and half used cans for spray paint. Along with the beat of whatever music was playing in the studio at any given time, the work was produced quickly and rhythmically. It soon became aware that the cheap canvas tarps could handle only so much paint, so a system was devised that fluctuated between chaos and control. First, half empty and clogged cans of spray paint were punctured and exploded onto a tarp, as many as four times. Once the paint dried, graphite lines were laid down in response to the intermingling of the folds in the canvas and the settling of the paint. Finally, a paint roller, used both as a stamp and a roller, activated the space on and in between the lines of graphite, both containing and directing its tap, tap tapping. The resulting works are not “paintings”; they are two dimensional sculptures - their 3/4" depth is important, as are the backs, the markings on the wall that position them and the hardware from which they hang.
RE>CRETE> is a custom designed recipe of 95% recycled building material made from shredded newspaper and junk mail, ground up packing Styrofoam, home electronics wire, credit cards, CDs and DVDs, salvaged house paint, Portland cement and glass pozzolan. Its development over the past 12 years is an attempt to rebuild the world out of its own waste. The various materials that are recycled and used in this recipe are materials that store and transmit information, power our homes and businesses, transport goods around the world and supply us with the funds to persist. RE>CRETE> is currently used not only to build sculptures, but also forms a hypothetical research towards building on a larger, architectural scale. At the heart of the RE>CRETE> project is a suggestion towards grinding it all down and starting over. RE>CRETE> is a conceptual material as much as it is a physical substance.
The ROLLER works contain SPACE (they were used to paint a space), TIME (that space was painted within and at a certain time) and the wheel like “roller" covers a DISTANCE (how long depends on the viscosity of the paint used) Therefore SPACE + TIME + DISTANCE = EXPERIENCE.