A selection of mailboxes photographed using B&W TriX film, printed on silver gelatin paper, and made into a flip book and constructed mailbox. The work was exhibited in the Photo National at the Lancaster Museum of Art
Light Streaks (2006)
Two street-corner locations at night during one week's time in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 2006
Photographs were shown at the Hoydt Institute of Art and Mt. Lebanon Library.
At the time of the first anniversary of 9/11, I was sitting on a chair in the living room flipping through TV channels trying to find a program to watch. I stopped the remote at images showing people being killed. After watching for a few minutes, I wanted to capture those images on black and white film. Quickly, I loaded a roll of TRI-X 400 film in a Pentax K1000 manual camera, put the camera on a tripod, set up a raking light, and began shooting the images presenting themselves on the TV screen. Over the next few months, I randomly photographed segments of terrorist documentaries and news programs showing on the living room TV. I clicked the shutter randomly just as a terrorist shoots at a random target.
Darksides I (2007)
Asked to create a work for “Best of Pittsburgh ‘07, at the Three Rivers Arts Festival," I made an installation entitled Darksides: Terror Through TV. It is an “over the top” dollhouse filled with consumer products, from fancy food items to elaborate furnishings, showing the extravagance of American culture.
A miniature TV “broadcast” a time-based video of Washington figureheads (Cheney, Rice, Bush) and institutions (White House, FBI, CIA) while American soldiers and prisoners (speaking Arabic) describe the torture at Abu Ghraib.
Darksides II (2007)
Darksides: Terror Through TV II was shown at Vermont College of Fine Arts to complete an MFA.
The work includes several 44” x 32” digital prints of TV images taken while showing on a television. Included is a video photo-montage of disasters, commercials, and news and talk programs played on a two-inch LCD screen in a miniature white dollhouse with a small white chair and tiny copy of The New York Times. A musical score added a fast/slow texture and tension to the piece.
Infra Red (2007)
Captured images of The Carnegie building in Oakland, Pennsylvania using infra red film and 5.6 aperture setting with various timings during a late afternoon in September 2007.
A fantasy film about ferns saving the world as renewable energy.
Transported Traditions (2008)
Transported Traditions shows practices or customs carried through one generation to the next, or that which is brought into the present from the past. I extended the miniature dollhouse idea from other art projects to a temple modeled after an ancient Etruscan king’s cinerary urn.
The temple is made of pink contemporary building material signifying a sacred place in present time. It is where the ancient, or past, renews itself to the present in an insulated chamber keeping the past as a memorial to the present.
The viewer peeks into the opening of the tomb to see miniature Queen Anne furniture covered in clay, representing a status symbol that has been buried in the earth and the remains of which are only gestures or memories.
A miniature model TV is placed among the furniture because it has replaced family and home as the transported family center, changing traditions into moral and social messages for the masses.
The 1950s miniature TV shows a two-minute video of digital stills photographed from my living room TV of a video from an 8mm film my father made of 1950-70s family vacations, gatherings, holidays, etc.