Refuse Art


2015, leather, chromed steel, dust, electroluminescent (EL) wire

54” w x 63” l x 27” h

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Refuse Art


2015, leather, chromed steel, dust, electroluminescent (EL) wire

54” w x 63” l x 27” h

 

Bird with Top


2014, bronze, deer hide, paint

“…the work expresses the fragile balance of our existence…its unpredictability” - Chantal Gervais, Ottawa

Bird with Top


2014, bronze, deer hide, paint

“…the work expresses the fragile balance of our existence…its unpredictability” - Chantal Gervais, Ottawa

 

The Lazarus Incident, Chicago, 1908


2015, acrylic on canvas

Reversed handwriting on the original negatives signal their use in the Chicago Daily News

On March 8, 1908, an 18-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant, Lazarus Averbuch, went to the home of Chicago Chief of Police George Shippy.  Within minutes, some seven bullets were fired in the entrance hallway, wounding Shippy’s son who had come down the stairs, as well as his driver, and killing Lazarus.  The inquest exonerated Shippy, who claimed to have shot his gun in self-defense because Lazarus was an anarchist bent on assassinating him.  The story received wide play in the yellow press of the time.  While the driver also shot his revolver, the gun and knife which Lazarus was claimed to have on him disappeared with the other two guns after they were all released to Shippy after the inquest.  Lazarus’ sister, Olga, insisted he was too poor to own a gun and did not know how to use one.   A later private Jewish enquiry said Lazarus had only a blank paper in an envelope.  Possibly he went to the Chief as would have been required in Russia, to seek endorsement to travel to Iowa for other work.  The Chief, in the anti-Communist fever of the time, may have over-reacted to his strange poor visitor.

The Lazarus Incident, Chicago, 1908


2015, acrylic on canvas

Reversed handwriting on the original negatives signal their use in the Chicago Daily News

On March 8, 1908, an 18-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant, Lazarus Averbuch, went to the home of Chicago Chief of Police George Shippy.  Within minutes, some seven bullets were fired in the entrance hallway, wounding Shippy’s son who had come down the stairs, as well as his driver, and killing Lazarus.  The inquest exonerated Shippy, who claimed to have shot his gun in self-defense because Lazarus was an anarchist bent on assassinating him.  The story received wide play in the yellow press of the time.  While the driver also shot his revolver, the gun and knife which Lazarus was claimed to have on him disappeared with the other two guns after they were all released to Shippy after the inquest.  Lazarus’ sister, Olga, insisted he was too poor to own a gun and did not know how to use one.   A later private Jewish enquiry said Lazarus had only a blank paper in an envelope.  Possibly he went to the Chief as would have been required in Russia, to seek endorsement to travel to Iowa for other work.  The Chief, in the anti-Communist fever of the time, may have over-reacted to his strange poor visitor.

left to right:

Police Captain Evans Steadies Lazarus’ Corpse for the Press — Full Face

Police Captain Evans Steadies Lazarus’ Corpse for the Press — Profile

Incident in the Hallway

Hallway of the Shippy Home — Lazarus Arrives

 

Enflamed Cavity


2011, steel, electroluminescent wire, mp3 sound

Enflamed Cavity


2011, steel, electroluminescent wire, mp3 sound

Cattail


2013, bronze, leather, steel

Cattail


2013, bronze, leather, steel

30 Years of Consumption


2012, steel, glass, arduino, batteries, wire, sensor, water, paper

All my credit card transaction slips for 30 years will be reduced to slurry inside glass beakers by the dripping acidic water.

30 Years of Consumption


2012, steel, glass, arduino, batteries, wire, sensor, water, paper

All my credit card transaction slips for 30 years will be reduced to slurry inside glass beakers by the dripping acidic water.

War Story I & II


2013, bronze, clay, steel, wood

War Story I & II


2013, bronze, clay, steel, wood

 

Footfall - Maquette for a Holocaust Monument


2011, steel, paper, graphite

A work of land art 1 acre square set in 10 acres of open space surrounded by forest.  Composed of over 6000 steel rods on plates, each rod 6’ tall and each bearing 1000 marks.  Buried within is an infant’s footfall visible only from above.  The monument cannot be entered.  Generations look on, mourn and remember, but cannot be of them; can know only the endurance they bequeathed.

Inscription:

THEY WERE A MULTITUDE AND A MONUMENT
 GRASSES IN THE WIND
 THE FATE OF THE WORLD
 RUSTLES AMONG THEM

Footfall - Maquette for a Holocaust Monument


2011, steel, paper, graphite

A work of land art 1 acre square set in 10 acres of open space surrounded by forest.  Composed of over 6000 steel rods on plates, each rod 6’ tall and each bearing 1000 marks.  Buried within is an infant’s footfall visible only from above.  The monument cannot be entered.  Generations look on, mourn and remember, but cannot be of them; can know only the endurance they bequeathed.

Inscription:

THEY WERE A MULTITUDE AND A MONUMENT
 GRASSES IN THE WIND
 THE FATE OF THE WORLD
 RUSTLES AMONG THEM

 

Heads


Heads


 

Place Glass Lens


2016, digital photographs

Place Glass Lens


2016, digital photographs

 

Xmas Lights


2012, digital photographs

Xmas Lights


2012, digital photographs

 

Desperately Seeking Degas


2011, b/w silver gelatine prints

Desperately Seeking Degas


2011, b/w silver gelatine prints

 

Winter Lights


2012, digital photographs

Winter Lights


2012, digital photographs