Ambiguous material

Recent work this summer at SFAI Fort Mason explores the transformation of mass-produced materials such as foam and polystyrene, materials usually associated with local and global transportation, into porcelain, wax and plaster, with an interest in one material taking on the appearance of or masquerading as another.

Introducing elements from the mould-making and casting process back into the work aims to blur distinctions between producer, process and product, creating ambiguity between the finished object, the casting process and the original material.

Using stacked dry wall, an industrial material normally used in construction, as a slip-mould for casting porcelain produced a texture referencing the brutalist architecture of SFAI.

Fractured structure, bisque-fired porcelain from a dry wall mould

Stacked dry wall mould, with front side removed (left); Ventilation shaft, SFAI Chestnut Street, colored pencil and marker pen on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm (right)

Percussive Excavation | 8 – 20 April 2018

Percussive Excavation at the Doha Fire Station presents experimental works utilizing industrial processes, digital technologies and local resources. It is the outcome of a VCUArts Qatar Faculty Research Grant and features work from Thomas Modeen, Michael Perrone and Ben Barbour.

Clockwise from left: plaster cast from polystyrene with rubber mould; 12 marble piece from polystyrene; porcelain sections with green silicon mould; general layout of artworks; opening reception (below)

Gallery shot

 

Found object assemblages

Work produced in response to walks around construction sites and places marked for demolition in areas adjacent to my studio in Doha, Qatar. During the walks I collect discarded materials, such as polystyrene packaging, ‘Geofoam’ offcuts, coloured insulation foam and corrugated metal sheeting. Back in the studio these objects are combined, dissected, cast, drawn and photographed, with an interest in how they allude to architectural spaces, or become transformed into something new through these processes, standing as models or maquettes for larger works.

6_Blue, white, woodAssemblage from materials found on the construction site, 9 x 13 x 12cm (top); mixed media drawing, 40 x 29.7 (below)

4_Foam blue and pinkAssemblages from discarded blue and pink insulation foam, 14 x 8 x 20 cm (left); mixed media drawing, 40 x 29.7cm (right)

5_Corrugated plasterGypsum cast using a mould made with discarded corrugated metal sheets, 22 x 17 x 15 cm

MiSK Art Festival, Saudi Arabia

 

4 – 7 April 2017

MISK Diplsay composite 2

Drawings and maquettes exhibited at MiSK Art Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia thanks to Curator Sa’id Costa, and ADD Enterprise. The festival aimed to support and promote the local Saudi art scene. Great experience to show alongside Rachel Gadstone, Zepha/ Vincent Abadie Hafez, Khalid Farhan, Heba Abed, Alke Reeh, Teresa Esteban Gomez, Rashad Alakbarov & Rovshan from YAY Gallery, Azerbaijan, the Tape Art Crew, and more…

MISK compositeDrawings, photos and renders from a 4-day workshop developing concept designs for public artwork with local participants from Riyadh, ages 15-30 yrs.

Shadow Intervention #1

Sketchbook and phoneTimed sketchbook drawing and mobile phone time-lapse video, 25 July ’16

A time-lapse video shot using an i-phone App recorded shadows moving across a blank wall in the early evening, whilst an observational drawing was produced simultaneously of the scene. The intention was to compare how the human eye sees, selects and records visual information differently to a camera.

The wall onto which shadows are cast is the west facade of the Mission Bay Parking structure at 450 South Street, San Francisco, owned by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, designed and constructed by WRNS and Overaa Construction, 2009. The structure has an abstract geometric stucco design on the south facade; perforated aluminum panels veil the north and east facade. The west facade has been left purposefully blank- a research centre is planned for the adjacent allotment, the construction of which would hide the existing wall.