Specializing in benevolent mayhem and neccesary magic.
Social Vandalism is a text-based public installation. It was designed to be a daily meditation, a practice in discipline. The intention was to install one piece a day for 365 consecutive days. Almost every piece is original writing with the exception a handful. The typewriter font is utilized to keep gender and genre neutral. They’re printed out to a size of 46” x 10.5” and wheat pasted onto public spaces. The words are my own. All of the pieces are left anonymous, to eliminate the author and highlight the message. In this I hope to touch the viewer in a way that makes it special to them, as if there’s a connection to themselves and the universe that is happening in that moment.
My goal is to take the 365 unique pieces and create a book that will somehow have a narrative but still be able to stand-alone.
Day 131, 2015 Boreum Hill, Brooklyn
Day 119, 2015 Dumbo, Brooklyn
Day 135 2015 Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Day 147, 2015 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Day 155, 2015 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Day 156, 2015 Hells Kitchen, New York City
Day 159 2015 Classon Playground, Brooklyn
Day 170, 2015 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Day 179, 2015 Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Day 183, 2015 Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Day 222, 2015 Riis Beach, Queens
Day 256, 2015 Bowery, New York City
Day 288, 2015 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Day 293, 2015 Chelsea, New York City
Day 295, 2015 Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Day 303, 2015 Berlin, Germany
Ordinary Magic was created for Figment 2012. I made a fortune-telling box from reclaimed wood, Plexiglas and some mechanical parts from an old vending machine. The box was then filled with 1000 handmade capsules. Each capsule contained four objects and one of my “fortunes” inside, all five containing the same objects, but slightly different, making each one unique; The hope of each person receiving one that was specifically designed for them and delivered by fate. The project became the first in the series that would become ObserverObscura.
When I first started putting the work out in public, I wasn't sure what to expect. Opening up yourself for public judgement is a vulnerable position to be in. When I first saw the reaction to the words I was bothered, it was a blow to the ego, but as I pulled back and confronted that part of myself that was injured, I saw what was happening was an development, almost a growth, and certainly a discourse between the reader and the work.
Originally designed to be an ad takeover on the NYC Transit system. I was hoping to affect commuters that are often in "limbo" while traveling to their destination.
Laser etching on clear plexiglass
Letterpress on 1/8 card stock. 5"x22". Limited edition of 50