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Vital Signs.WP Landing.6x9

 

Vital Signs
Screenprint (five-print edition); mixed-media; onsite installations
Adhesive vinyl; plexiglass; aluminum c-channel frame; LED back-lighting
72″ x 48″ x variable height

The mixed-media work Vital Signs was created in context of the critical cultural events of the past several years. From a pandemic illness, persistent social and political inequities, and the exigencies of ecological sustainability, Vital Signs explores these issues through the prism of individual, social, and global health. Like a workup of diagnostic charts, Vital Signs examines these systems of health as symptomatic of a data-reliant pattern of inequity, an order of disorders, so to speak, or at the very least, a precarious pathology. Following from these concerns, Vital Signs deploys the sign systems, infographic imagery, and statistical metrics of the social, natural, and informational sciences readily available in our ubiquitous, if often fractious, media environment.

However, not solely to try and accurately point out where systemic problems lay, but in closely observing these inequitable orders, perhaps we begin to visualize the limits of their constructions, and therefore, the potential and need for these entrenched structures to be re-ordered toward more equitable ideas of health.

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Weather Program
Audio-video installation/projection
LA Artcore, Union Center for the Arts Courtyard, Los Angeles, CA 90012 @ 11/14/19, 7pm-10pm
Projector; keyboard amplifier
20′ x 10′

This audio-video installation features a lightning strike shot at 1000 frames-per-second on a state-of–the-art Phantom Flex camera. Seconds of fleeting footage unfold in hi-def over the course of four minutes: the duration of a popular song or the re-telling of a fable. Weather Program re-programs in current audio-visual ways the fable “The Three Principal Virtues” from the following ancient Hindu text:

Prajapati had three kinds of offspring: gods, demons and men.

[The] gods said to him: “Please instruct us.”
To them he uttered the syllable “DA” and asked: “Have you understood?”
They replied: “We have. You said to us, ‘Control yourselves’ (‘Damyata’)”…

Then the demons said to him: “Please instruct us.”
To them he uttered the same syllable “DA” and asked: “Have you understood?”
They replied: “We have. You said to us: ‘Be compassionate’ (‘Dayadhvam’)”…

Then the men said to him: “Please instruct us.”
To them he uttered the same syllable “DA” and asked: “Have you understood?”
They replied: “We have. You said to us, ‘Give alms’ (‘Datta’)”…

That very thing is repeated even today by the heavenly voice, in the form of thunder, as “DA”…

                                                                                                -from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Ch. 5

 

 

 

              

Face of the Map
Sculpture
3-D print; polyactide filament (PLA); acrylic paint
34.25″ x 15″ x variable height

The US Geological Survey (USGS) provides public domain topographical information including aerial photographs, elevation maps, geographical features, hydrography, boundaries, and structures of the United States and other regions. Face of the Map used CAD software to render digital elevation models and maps from the USGS. This was then designed and 3D-printed as the sculpture shown above. The region depicted can be found at the coordinates 33.3286° N, 115.8434° W.

 

 

 

                         

                       

   

Weather Program #2
Roy Jean Park (video) and Matthew Clough-Hunter (music score)
Audio-visual installation
55″ LCD flat-screen; vertical wall-mount; headphones
4 min, 01 sec

This audio-video installation features a lightning strike shot at 1000 frames-per-second on a state-of–the-art Phantom Flex camera. Seconds of fleeting footage unfold in hi-def over the course of four minutes: the duration of a popular song or the re-telling of a fable. Weather Program re-programs in current audio-visual ways the fable “The Three Principal Virtues” from the following ancient Hindu text:

Prajapati had three kinds of offspring: gods, demons and men.

[The] gods said to him: “Please instruct us.”
To them he uttered the syllable “DA” and asked: “Have you understood?”
They replied: “We have. You said to us, ‘Control yourselves’ (‘Damyata’)”…

Then the demons said to him: “Please instruct us.”
To them he uttered the same syllable “DA” and asked: “Have you understood?”
They replied: “We have. You said to us: ‘Be compassionate’ (‘Dayadhvam’)”…

Then the men said to him: “Please instruct us.”
To them he uttered the same syllable “DA” and asked: “Have you understood?”
They replied: “We have. You said to us, ‘Give alms’ (‘Datta’)”...

That very thing is repeated even today by the heavenly voice, in the form of thunder, as “DA”…

                                                                                              -from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Ch. 5

 

 

 

              

Self-Reflection
Mixed-media installation
Ford truck side-mirrors; enamel on glass; seat

It is a bit cliché to say that the modern city has embraced car culture. People spend a copious amount of time in or preoccupied with their cars, such that some might say it has become pathological. Yet, is there more to unpack here? The experience of driving often offers modern people their only moment to sit and quietly reflect (which may be indicative of our culture too). They “decompress,” plan, and question the direction of their lives. In a curious cross-section of views, while looking out of their windows, they look in.

 

 

 

    

Map
Screenprint; mixed-media
15″ x 11″ x 1.5″

 

 

 

    

Taut Situation
Mixed-media; sculpture
Dye-sublimation printed lycra; resin-casting; aluminum c-channel frame; LED strip
38″ x 38″ x 12″

 

 

 

   

Walls of Men
Screenprint; mixed-media
Resin-casting; LED back-lit spandex
48″ x 80″ x 6″

 

 

 

                

Album
Sculpture
Plaster of Paris; acrylic paint
12.375″ x 12.375″ x 36″

 

 

 

                      

Default Settings
Mixed-media; installation
Screenprint ink; vinyl; plexiglass
96″ x 72″