Fetish - La Dictée


2016, 3-channel video


In 1859, a Mi’kmaq woman was photographed by the French naval officer Paul-Émile Miot during a hydrographic expedition to Newfoundland and area.  One image, with a breast exposed possibly at the photographer’s dictation, was engraved for Le Tour du Monde, a popular geographical magazine.  In preparing the engraving, another artist re-drew the breast to be even more exposed and presented this exposure as customary by removing the hand pulling open the blouse.  Le Tour du Monde vouched for the truth of this image by adding the text “from a photograph”.

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Fetish - La Dictée


2016, 3-channel video


In 1859, a Mi’kmaq woman was photographed by the French naval officer Paul-Émile Miot during a hydrographic expedition to Newfoundland and area.  One image, with a breast exposed possibly at the photographer’s dictation, was engraved for Le Tour du Monde, a popular geographical magazine.  In preparing the engraving, another artist re-drew the breast to be even more exposed and presented this exposure as customary by removing the hand pulling open the blouse.  Le Tour du Monde vouched for the truth of this image by adding the text “from a photograph”.

Distraction


2014, 3-channel video

Left: The People's Feast, Coronation [of Nikolas II, last Tsar of Russia], 1897
Centre: Tottenham Riots, London, 2011
Right: Roulette Salon, Monte Carlo, 1901
Imagine the room hazy with tobacco smoke.  Inequalities underlie riots.  Photography is entertainment.  Distraction is injustice.

Distraction


2014, 3-channel video

Left: The People's Feast, Coronation [of Nikolas II, last Tsar of Russia], 1897
Centre: Tottenham Riots, London, 2011
Right: Roulette Salon, Monte Carlo, 1901
Imagine the room hazy with tobacco smoke.  Inequalities underlie riots.  Photography is entertainment.  Distraction is injustice.

Museum Piece (Jim Dine’s The Happy Workman with changes)


2013, performance, canvas, paint

Re-enacting Jim Dine's The Happy Workman of 1960 to insert female power into the message of masculine creativity carried by the bald head, the dominant left hand, the immersion in paint and canvas.

Museum Piece (Jim Dine’s The Happy Workman with changes)


2013, performance, canvas, paint

Re-enacting Jim Dine's The Happy Workman of 1960 to insert female power into the message of masculine creativity carried by the bald head, the dominant left hand, the immersion in paint and canvas.

Takedown


2015, installation with wallpaper, video, chair

“Is this happening?  Am I dreaming?”

The following caption appeared with the woman’s image in the Ottawa Citizen June 12, 2015: “Armed with a .22-calibre rifle, Jennifer Hilchey-Reyell puts out a cigarette Thursday at her mother’s house near Dannemora, N.Y. Hilchey-Reyell, who lives next door, says she has been sleeping in a recliner with her gun and her pit bull Layla close at hand since David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped the nearby Clinton Correctional Facility last weekend. ‘My dog will slow them down, and that’s all I need,’ she says.  Police were concentrating their search Thursday on a swampy area near the institution, about 30 kilometres from the Canadian border.  Seth Wenig - The Associated Press”

Takedown


2015, installation with wallpaper, video, chair

“Is this happening?  Am I dreaming?”

The following caption appeared with the woman’s image in the Ottawa Citizen June 12, 2015: “Armed with a .22-calibre rifle, Jennifer Hilchey-Reyell puts out a cigarette Thursday at her mother’s house near Dannemora, N.Y. Hilchey-Reyell, who lives next door, says she has been sleeping in a recliner with her gun and her pit bull Layla close at hand since David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped the nearby Clinton Correctional Facility last weekend. ‘My dog will slow them down, and that’s all I need,’ she says.  Police were concentrating their search Thursday on a swampy area near the institution, about 30 kilometres from the Canadian border.  Seth Wenig - The Associated Press”

Utah Execution Chamber - Bloodwork (1)


2015, acrylic on canvas with steel hooks, twine and plastic water pistols

Based on execution chamber photograph by Trent Nelson/The Associated Press Files

Utah has brought back death by firing squad if lethal drugs are not available.  A target is pinned over the heart of the seated and strapped-in convict.  Sandbags control ricochet. Five volunteers are selected from police officers, with priority given to those from the area of the crime.  There are always more volunteers than needed.  One of the rifles fires blanks, but nobody knows which one, so nobody knows who actually does the killing.

Utah Execution Chamber - Bloodwork (1)


2015, acrylic on canvas with steel hooks, twine and plastic water pistols

Based on execution chamber photograph by Trent Nelson/The Associated Press Files

Utah has brought back death by firing squad if lethal drugs are not available.  A target is pinned over the heart of the seated and strapped-in convict.  Sandbags control ricochet. Five volunteers are selected from police officers, with priority given to those from the area of the crime.  There are always more volunteers than needed.  One of the rifles fires blanks, but nobody knows which one, so nobody knows who actually does the killing.

Microwave Art - Bloodwork (2)


2015, acrylic on canvas with steel hooks, twine and plastic water pistols

Two things often seem little regarded — making modern art and spousal abuse.  Is it really as easy as it seems to make a modern painting?  And do we notice when damage is done to others by their others?  Do we try to make the picture pretty?  Is art a pretty picture?

You help make it.  You help decide.

Choose a pizza box and microwave the canvas inside.  Sign it and hang it up, or pay the attendant $5.00 and take your cooked art home!

Microwave Art - Bloodwork (2)


2015, acrylic on canvas with steel hooks, twine and plastic water pistols

Two things often seem little regarded — making modern art and spousal abuse.  Is it really as easy as it seems to make a modern painting?  And do we notice when damage is done to others by their others?  Do we try to make the picture pretty?  Is art a pretty picture?

You help make it.  You help decide.

Choose a pizza box and microwave the canvas inside.  Sign it and hang it up, or pay the attendant $5.00 and take your cooked art home!

In My Other Job - Bloodwork (3)


2015

Come in and play darts! 

Burst the target of paint-filled balloons.  

Read the walls while you wait your turn.  

Escape the other jobs, or put them on a t-shirt.  

You can be proud or pained while the room becomes splashed with a great red wound.  

Is this your life?

In My Other Job - Bloodwork (3)


2015

Come in and play darts! 

Burst the target of paint-filled balloons.  

Read the walls while you wait your turn.  

Escape the other jobs, or put them on a t-shirt.  

You can be proud or pained while the room becomes splashed with a great red wound.  

Is this your life?

Selfies with My Father


2014, 3-channel video

Selfies with My Father


2014, 3-channel video

POW POWER OW


2011, video

POW POWER OW


2011, video

Oscar Wilde's Wallpaper


2013, performance, paper, hydrocal, spray paint, wood, steel

Oscar Wilde's Wallpaper


2013, performance, paper, hydrocal, spray paint, wood, steel

The Doors


2013, performance, bronze, steel, spray paint, sand

The Doors


2013, performance, bronze, steel, spray paint, sand