For the 2019 Portal: Governors Island, I present three recent works that interact with one another in a site-specific installation. Megafauna: Cuban Cursorial Owl and Bloodbirds were made during the 4heads artist residency on Governors Island this summer.
Five handmade birds (cast Torinoko gampi paper, machine-made paper, EKG electrodes, Baxter vented spike adapter); ten handmade birds (cast Nepal paper); handmade nest (silicone tubing,polyethylene tubing, cast cotton); screen prints on polycarbonate; lightbox; medical supplies; medical trays; fabric
Fifty-six handmade birds (cast cotton, cast surgical tape, LED’s, batteries), screen prints on polycarbonate, hospital furniture, medical supplies, wood, nylon, sound
Room-sized, site specific, enclosure 108 x 102 x 104”
Exhibitions: Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY, 2013
Cast silicone, medical trash, ceramic, silkscreen on polycarbonate, fabric, light, sound
Room-sized, site specific
A room is filled with eight glowing nests which contain ceramic eggs imprinted with the names of seventeen different congenital heart defects. Strewn amongst them are intravenous lines and vials. Suspended before windows paneled with fabric are silkscreens of 19th Century anatomical lithographs of the heart. Soundtrack of bird calls and hospital sounds is heard.
Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY, 2012
Cast silicone, intravenous line and components, ceramic, 30x18" silkscreen lightbox, blood pressure cuffs, sound
Variable, nests approximately 10" diameter
A room is filled with sounds of a medical lab. On the floor lie seventeen nests made of cast silicone and intravenous line. Strewn amongst them are intravenous lines and components. Each nest has a varying number of ceramic eggs within. The eggs are imprinted with names of different congenital heart defects. On the wall hangs an 30x18" lightbox displaying a silkscreen of a 19th Century lithograph that depicts two views of the human heart.
Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, Bronx, NY. Curated by Blanka Amezkua, 2009
The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA. “Salvage: Recycle Reclaim”; Curated by Linda Cunningham, 2009
Crossing Art, Queens, NY. “Tales Gone in Flocks and Herds”, Curated by Jennifer Junkermeier, 2010
WFG Gallery, The Art of Science, Woodstock, NY. Curated by Sneha Kapadia, 2012
Nineteen handmade cast cotton and medical supply birds, ambulance gurney, intravenous stand, medical trash, sound
Nineteen birds made of cast cotton and medical supplies have convened on an ambulance gurney. Hospital trash, the remnants of an emergency effort, is strewn on the floor. Ambient sound is heard.
BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY. RE-MADE; Curated by Linda Cunningham, 2012
Eleven handmade birds (cast Torinoko gampi paper, machine-made paper, EKG electrodes, Baxter vented spike adapter); ten handmade birds (cast Nepal paper); handmade nest (silicone tubing, polyethylene tubing, cast cotton); screen prints on polycarbonate; lightbox; medical supplies; medical trays; fabric
Room-sized, site specific
Medical supplies spew forth from glass wall cabinets onto a white fabric covered floor. From the debris emerge eleven elegant water birds moving away and toward a large nest made of surgical tubing. The nest sits on a hearth. Above the fireplace is mounted a lightbox that illuminates a 19th Century anatomical lithograph of the heart. The same image is suspended before two tall windows. A flock of smaller black birds approaches the scene from above. An ambient soundtrack of bird calls is heard.
Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY, 2014
Nineteen handmade cast cotton and medical supply birds, glass specimen jars, hospital pillowcases, stainless steel medical cart, screen prints on polycarbonate
84 x 21 x 15"
Nineteen birds made of dyed cast cotton, non-piercing syringes, and PVC tubing have gathered on a stainless steel hospital cart. Some birds are contained in glass specimen jars whose lids are covered with New York-Presbyterian pillowcases. Additional birds have converged on the shelves of the cart. Three black and white screen prints are mounted on a nearby wall.
WFG Gallery, Woodstock, NY, “Gathering of the Animals”; Curated by Sneha Kapadia, 2013
Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, “Compendium”; Curated by Lorrie Fredette and Beth Giacummo, 2015
AVIAN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Medical supplies, 43x36" silkscreen print on polycarbonate sheet, LEDs, batteries, sound
From the residue of an intensive care unit effort, an unexpected and unusual sight emerges: bird-like creatures who have materialized from the generated trash and who select materials with which to build their nests. Installation consisting of hanging 43x36" silkscreen print; clean medical waste collected by intensive care unit nurses; 15 bird figures made of intravenous components, heart electrodes, surgical tape, medical trash, batteries whose beaks are lit up by LED lights; sound.
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY. “Response to Fear” Curated by Claire Giblin, 2008
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, “AIM28: How Soob is Now?”. Curated by Erin Riley-Lopez, 2008
Three Rivers College, Norwich, CT, “Avian ICU” (solo); Curated by Sandra Jeknavorian, 2009
Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT. “SC-EYE-NCE”, Curated by Sue Higby
Cast silicone, silicone tubing, hardware, stepper motors, industrial air compressor
Seven pairs of lungs are strewn across the exhibit space. They breathe at independent rates with the help of stepper motors and a compressor.
The Spice Factory, Brooklyn, NY. “viscera”, Curated by Joseph O'Neal