The Archaic Torso II (2018)
YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE (2018)
lumber, paint, vinyl
inkjet print mounted on Plak-It, 22" x 30"
From the enigmatic final line of Rilke's sonnet "Archaic Torso of Apollo" (published 1918). Around this time, Rilke was working as an assistant to the sculptor Auguste Rodin. To help Rilke strengthen his writing, Rodin assigned him to go to the Louvre, pick a work, and write about it. The result turned out to be one of Rilke's most memorable poems.
This sign was constructed in Lake of Bays township, Ontario, taken to the end of a dead-end road, and left for one week.
Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.
William Clark's Alleged Signature (2018)
inkjet print, wooden frame, glass, lock
20" x 22"
In 1806, William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark expedition named Corps of Discovery, allegedly scrawled his signature into a large sandstone rock on the south bank of the Missouri River in central Montana. This large rock would later be designated by the United States Government as Pompey's Pillar National Monument. Secured behind glass in a steel lockbox, the alleged signature is actively monitored by five security cameras.
Private Property (2017)
vinyl on dibond
10" x 14", 8 variations, edition of 4 each
The private property signs are a response to the scarcity of public shoreline on waterways in Southern Ontario. This observation was made during a canoe trip from Algonquin Park to the Greater Toronto Area when hours of paddling would go by before a spot to rest or camp could be found.
Existing signs have been parodied with nonsense text as a puerile (and futile) gesture against the sign's own authority as it serves to delineate public and private space.
Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.
Stuffed Ticks (2022)
scraps of fabric, stuffing
One of the great Global Warming success stories in North America is the proliferation and migration of ticks. As ticks are introduced to new parts of Canada, they will enter into regional ecological conversations because of the potential health risks they bring to humans and wildlife.
Stuffed Ticks are a propositional tool used to condition children to recognize these unsettling parasites at an early age. They were designed to represent Deer Ticks, known carriers of Lyme Disease-causing bacteria.
Thanks to Grace Wirzba
Floor Maps (2018)
inkjet print, iPhone image
An photo of mountains taken with an iPhone from a plane window has been printed and folded into the shape of a road map.
First and Last Plein Air Painting #4 (2017)
frame, paint, insects
A gessoed panel was taken to a scenic hill on the south shore of Harp Lake. This site would be an ideal location for plein air painting if it didn't happen to be late May, the peak of black fly season.
Beyond the Bush Garden (2016), with Samuel de Lange
projectors, projector cart, anthotypes, assemblage, vinyl mural
A two-person exhibition based on five days spent in clearcuts near Shining Tree, ON. The work, comprised of images, objects, and video, aims to critique tropes of landscape art with a humorous and self-aware approach to representation.
Anthotypes I-V (2016), with Samuel de Lange
wild blueberries, bear scat, vodka
Using the anthotype process invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, all of the materials for these images were sourced from within about a kilometre of Shining Tree, ON. The final result of this experiment fortuitously ended up resembling both cloudscapes and geographical maps.
10,000 Questions (2018)
35mm, archival print, 30" x 40"
Photographic allusion to the work of Dennis Oppenheim. An attempt to borrow past conceptual strategies as a way to address contemporary topics.