My work is a long-term engagement with language in painting, drawing, sculpture and social practice. Most of my endeavors are collaborative by nature – seeking out writers and writing that I believe keep the “word” alive in a variety of settings with different audiences. Current projects include the release of my first artist book Ode to Happiness (in collaboration with actor Keanu Reeves and published by Gerhard Steidl), the submission of plans for the Love House for Watts House Project (with the Cerant family and architects Roberto Sheinberg and Arnold Swanborn), and the creation of a new body of studio-based paintings. Each one of these encounters results in a visual language and space unique to the exchange. Part of my responsibility as an artist is to be a creative philanthropist and teacher. The Love House imagines that a housing redevelopment driven by art can change the energy of a dynamic neighborhood in Watts, as though through social acupuncture. I have read someone describe my practice as one of “radical collaboration,” and I like that: that my love of language and people takes me across social and national boundaries not normally connected.
Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011
Bodies, Honor Fraser Gallery, Culver City, Calif.
A.D.D.G. (Aux Dehors des Guillemets), Honor Fraser Gallery, Culver City, Calif.
Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011
Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), curated by Franklin Sirmans and Christine Kim
The Artist’s Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art
California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, curated by Sarah Bancroft
Not Los Angeles, curated by Zachary Kaplan and Aandrea Stang, Friends of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Select Community-Based Artwork
2008 to now
The Love House with Watts House Project, Los Angeles, Calif.
Fellowships and Awards
Krasner-Pollock Foundation Grant
Drawing and Painting, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco
History and Studio Art, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.