One Down, One to Go

Title
One Down, One to Go

"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete
without the freedom of the Palestinians." - Nelson Mandela

Location:
Berlin Wall, Los Angeles, CA

Date:
Aug. 2014

V.I.P. [Very Impertinent Presumption]

Title:
V.I.P. Ben

From aristocratic stock. He has no regrets.

Location:
Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA

Date:
Oct. 2013

V.I.P. [Very Impertinent Presumption]

Title:
V.I.P George

Use to be in showbiz. His most memorable role was in "Life Stinks".

Location:
Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA

Date:
Oct. 2013

V.I.P. [Very Impertinent Presumption]

Title:
V.I.P Tammy & Gabby

Engaged to be married and looking for a wedding photographer.

Location:
Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA

Date:
Oct. 2013

V.I.P. [Very Impertinent Presumption]

Title:
Stuff is stuff is stuff

Location:
Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA

Date:
Oct. 2013

Installation:
"My Freedoms, God damn it!"

Location:
Dumpsters, Everywhere

Date:
July 2013

Installation:
"Rage with the machine"

Location:
Los Angeles, Billboard intervention

Date:
December 2013

WE ARE THE ZOMBIES

Is an ongoing street art installation series that re-contextualizes the ruins of Detroit by pairing specific locations with the rhetoric and language associated with war.

Installation 1 of X:
"Shock and Awe"

Location:
Abandoned Packard automotive plant, Detroit, USA

Date:
April, 2013

"SHOCK and AWE" was a sensationalist catch-phrase used by mainstream media during the initial bombing campaign of Iraq. It was designed to make the huge explosions seen on TV feel like watching a movie. We never saw the closeups of the aftermath and carnage caused, just the "awesome" fireballs. I have used a Star Wars font and hung the piece in front of what looks like the devastation caused by a cruise missile, re-contextualizing the ruins of the Packard plant. The phrase suspended in the foreground on a transparent tarp is intended to resemble the superimposition of movie credits.

Installation 2 of X:
"Work Will Set You Free"

Location:
Abandoned Packard automotive plant, Detroit, USA

Date:
Feb. 2013

"ARBEIT MACHT FREI" was cruelly placed at the entrances of Nazi labor camps in irony, with the knowledge that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no hope, only death. A parallel can be drawn with the current corporatocracy we are subjected to today. The illusion that one day we will be rich and successful is similarly misleading, yet we swallow it and live in this false sense of hope. We whore our lives away day after day for corporations and the empty promises of the powers that be. We have become wage slaves, with no alternative, essentially reinstating forced labor.

I placed the sign on the overpass, the gateway to Detroit, the heart of a once booming industrial America, full of capitalist promise and hope. Once, it employed thousands of people, but now lies in ruins and is dead, as are the dreams of those who sacrificed their lives in the form of labor. All that remains is a war torn cityscape, an economic genocide and GHETTOIZATION of ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Installation 3 of x:
"Yankee Go Home!"

Location:
Abandoned Brewster-Douglass Housing Project, Detroit, USA

Date:
April 2013

The YANKEE GO HOME installation consisted of 15 real estate sign posts with cardboard signs eaching displaying the message "YANKEE GO HOME" and "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" painted in red by hand, resembling the placards of the homeless.

Series:
Billboard Hijack

Installation:
"Happy Christmas John and Yoko, that will be all."

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Date: May 2013

This work juxtaposes John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "WAR IS OVER!" antiwar billboard campaign and Apple's iconic iPod advertising campaign, together conveying a poignant "sign" of our times.

STREET CODE

is a hypermedia series that explores the use of QR codes as portals connecting the physical world to digital mobile content.

The digital components of these works include video, animation and photography. They address intimate and hyper-sensory human moments, which are diminished behind the glossy screens of our mobile devices, thus destroying the visceral essence defining their meaning. The interactive element of these pieces aims to disconnect the viewer from their physical surroundings and the collective viewing experience by drawing their consciousness into an isolated "cyber-state" via their smart phones.

By juxtaposing imagery with communication technology, the series creates a timely narrative through a poignant examination of our relationship with both the physical and cyber worlds, and the dynamic that results.

Click on the QR codes in the following images to view the hypermedia art juxtaposed with each piece.

gold drone artwork not found youre a hit selfportrait diamond ART IS DEAD!

A spontaneous work on the cornerstone and last remaining piece of the Monster Island building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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