bookEnd

2014

iPad in cradle; wooden book on marble table top mounted on Mac Pro chassis; collection of ten books unfinished at the time of the authors’ death with endings written in epub format; first digital editions of William Morris books (available on iTunes); Wooden book pages and content correlates to the iPad’s digital book, recounts the lifespan of the codex from scroll to disposal and recycling, the codex’s creation and organizational schemes, the introduction of the electronic readers, and history of artist books, 19 x 28 x 20 inches [48,2 x 71,1 x 50,8 cm], 2014
 

“Book End,” recounts the lifespan of the book from from scroll to the codex and its later elimination and recycling, its creation and organizational schemes, as well as the introduction of the electronic reader. iPad also houses first digital editions of William Morris books (available on iTunes), and digital endings for the 10 unfinished books that accompany the sculpture.

Presented in:

"Fellows"
Curated by Alexander Campos
Center for Book Arts
New York, NY
September 9-December 21, 2014

"En Masse: Books Orchestrated" 
Curated by Osman Can Yerebakan
Center for Book Arts
New York, NY
April 21-July 1, 2017

'Gravitation' on the Electromagnetic Spectrum v4

2018

Softcover handmade artist book with printed diagrams and illustrations completed in ultraviolet ink visible under black light 50 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches (13.9 x 22.3 cm), edition of 1, collection of 9, 2018

"‘Gravitation’ On The Electromagnetic Spectrum," is  inspired by the illustrations and diagrams of “Gravitation” (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler), pertaining to black holes. Each drawing contains information drawn in infrared or ultraviolet ink, which can be seen only with additional visual aids.

Special thanks: Dr. Artur Garcia Saez, Ph. D. 

Permanent collection of the Center of Book Arts, New York USA

Presented in:

"Then & Now"
Curated by Alexander Campos
Center for Book Arts, New York
March-July 2015
 

"Then & Now"
Curated by Alexander Campos
College of New Rochelle
September 8-November 1, 2015

 

'Gravitation' on the Electromagnetic Spectrum v3

2017

Hard case handmade artist book with printed diagrams and illustrations completed in ultraviolet ink visible under black light 60 pages, 5.8 x 8.5 inches (14.5 x 22.3 cm), edition of 2, 2017

 

'Gravitation' on the Electromagnetic Spectrum v2

2015

Print on demand artist book with diagrams completed with hand-drawn UV ink visible with a black light. 100 pages. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.3 x 28 cm), edition of 100, 2015

Hand drawn illustrations and diagrams of “Gravitation” (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler), pertaining to black holes completed with ultraviolet ink, which can be visible with a black light. 

 

'Gravitation' on the Electromagnetic Spectrum V1

2015

Handmade artists book made with IR and UV ink markers, legible with supporting readers and display, 20 pages of semi-transparent folio paper with colors corresponding visible wavelengths, bound in black velvet, 20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.5 cm), edition of 1, 2015

Digitization of Information and Its Physical Components

2014

Mac mini with hard drive backup, solar panel, uninterrupted power supply, backup software, checksum software and web cam, climate-controlled vitrine, brass weather station, Madagascar cockroaches, 19th Century book, (Rollo’s Travels) bound in calfskin with matzo casing, plexiglass vitrines.

The project materializes the process of converting information from physical to digital formats, as well as the barriers and considerations (both physical and digital) in maintaining integrity of this information as an archive. Over the course of the exhibition the cockroaches consumed the book. The resulting 72-days time lapse images captures the disintegration of the book through the fail-safe electronic system in an adjacent vitrine. Video plays 23 minutes, 2014
 

Imagined Bonds, Impossible Escape

2013

1 km of cotton string, metal hooks, 10 charcoal drawings on paper, audio track, portable turntable, iPod, copper sculpture, metal mesh Möbius strip, neurochemical models made of acrylic or borosilicate glass, praying mantis eggs, black widow eggs, 2013

This collection of works imagines the collision of two theoretical zones: neuroscience's explanation of human bonds and astrophysicist's explanation of black holes. The moment of collision is seen through the visualization of bonds via models neurotransmitters and the visualization of mathematics via models of black holes extrapolated into imagining the extensions of both--emotions and love passing into an event horizon.

Bottle Vox

2012

Performance with installation including multitrack audio, writing, Berlin, Germany, 2012

The first radio station in Berlin broadcast from voxstraße in 1928, employing a marble-carved microphone built by Eugene Reisz and George Neumann, who later developed the condenser microphone and bottle microphone. The conjunction of Germany's beer brewing and recycling efforts results, in certain neighborhoods, in the proliferation of empty bottles along sidewalks. The bottles are left to be collected, recycled and money gained, ostensibly by a person or persons who units of time/cost are measured by the distance between bottles, rather than the consumption of the volume within the bottle.

The stonework of the streets and sidewalks suggest a history of expanding, using and reusing, allocating and signaling the movement of people throughout the city. Cobblestones lie next to brick lanes bordered in cement; the asphalt outlined by a strip of stone that dams an area of square granite. A subtle effect is the sound a step might make or not make. It may inform the type of shoes one decides to wear, or the method of transportation and by extension quantification of distance. It may affect the drainage of rain in this often gray city, and the reception of green grass or gray sand. There is a primacy to this surface level in Berlin, as the limited building height and flatness of the terrain gives a sprawling characteristic that compounds a sense of spatial openness at a single location and an endless suburban expanse in non-locations

Audio recording of notes walking from site of exhibition to the Vox Straße, where the first German Radio was broadcast. The sound of bottles collected during the walk was captured via a Neumann microphone, the inventor of German audio microphones.

This work was made with support from Sound Development City; audio read by Maria Guggenbichler

Systems of Physical Defense

2012

Multi-stage performance with audio installation component

During the London Olympics the hired guards were questioned about the URL to acquire tickets to the events via a microphone at a bridge leading into the complex. These exchanges were documented in video form and uploaded. The URL was printed and hung near the site of the exchange. During the exhibition opening, a battering ram was constructed for the period of three hours in front of an Olympic complex bridge entrance. Being assembled just outside of bridge where guards stood, just feet outside a metal fence crowned with barbed wire and standing about a moat, the local police were called to inspect. The inspection was utilized to discuss gentrification, international and national finances of the olympics, parties interested, gang relations, power structures and the police's own involvement in the olympics games--all of which was documented. The final stage of the work followed the relocation of the building materials away from the entrance and just beyond the purview of the guards, where sound recordings of the hammering of the wood were looped and amplified via megaphone.

Doppler Shift

2012-2014

3-night performance of mobile video projections

Over the course of three nights, panoramic videos were projected from a moving truck that traversed the Manhattan's Grid. Captured roughly a year before during the Doppelgänger Effect (2011), these videos showed different the experience a day within the Cartesian plane. The videos were made manifest via a custom-made 7,000 lumens video projector mounted with a dual-mirror head.  Between 12 midnight and 5 am, moving images of the cityscape were cast onto the buildings' faces.

Doppler Shifts, HD digital video 21 minute video, 2013

Making use of the documentary footage shot during the multiple nights of projection, this video ties together shared characteristics of the built environment of the Manhattan Grid.

 

Doppler Shifts, project book, 8 x 10 inches [20.3 x 25.4 cm], 308 page book, 2014

The encyclopedic scope of this book includes the entire project from proposal, funding, prototyping and execution. 

 

Doppelgänger Effect

2011

Broadcast/recording performance, Manhattan Grid, 4 days, 34 miles [55 km]

Over four days, at four different times, I traversed the Manhattan Grid from 1st Street at Avenue D to 155th Street at 12th Avenue, broadcasting audio as I went. The chosen form of transportation was a tandem bicycle that I had altered by adding one forward- and one rear-oriented megaphone as well as substituting the second seat for a camera. The camera was mounted with a parabolic mirror lens that captured the entire journey in complete panorama. A stereo recorder was also capturing the echoes and urban noise of the traversal.