The Pavillion of Iceland Presents the Aurora Borealis, 2009



"For the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Icelandic Pavillion will present a golden vitrine displaying one of Iceland's most precious natural wonders, the Aurora Borealis."

Looking at the economic collapse globally, Iceland seemed to be the first mega-failure of the western world. With this in mind, the question arises how art may function and what its limitations are when financial and conceptual establishments have been rendered impotent? This piece entertains what Iceland can offer physically, commenting on quality of materials, the limits of representation, and impossibility.

Interesting to note is the actual Icelandic artist in the Biennale, Ragnar Kjartansson's aptly titled "The End" in which the artist will paint a single male subject daily for the entire Biennale, amongst a larger installation. This piece is fantastic, especially concerning the idea of reconceptualization of the artist, the production and display of art, and the disruption of "romantic" ideals. A slap in the face presenting the end of painting once more, with humor.

AIR MATH


In Air Math, I reorganize the urban environment to provide alternative viewing experiences that complicate rational space. By combining influences from data visualization, architectural drawing, non-Euclidian geometry, and simplified computer graphics the works create hybrid viewing situations that utilize a variety of perspectival tropes. The works question the reliability of vision through the presentation of illusionistic wall drawings, indeterminate landscapes, modular forms, and compositions that extend the parameters of “flatness.”

I am interested in using the language of architectural drafting and info-graphics to explore space, providing my images agency despite my lack of training in architectural design. Instead of providing clear solutions, my work presents possibilities and potentialities that arise out of my unconventional approaches to spatial organization. Masterplan lies in-between defined states of development and completion, and hence can be seen as a sketch similar to a blueprint but more like that of a flowchart. The wall drawings play with the relationship between 3D and 2D, often visually extending space past the wall and negating the wall as a structural boundary.

The Bucky Blanket is based on Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion World Map, but also a comment on the prolific application of his geodesic structures many people have actualized in contemporary architecture. This sculpture serves as a sketching tool for landscape visualization: the "blanket" can theoretically be laid over any organic mass, hence simplifying and transforming the mass into a planar landscape.

Air Math can be explained as the use of science and mathematic pragmatism to create indeterminate spaces that expand the definitions of boundary, containment, permanence, and completion.

@ PSU's Autzen Gallery|Broadway and Harrison|2nd floor Neuberger Hall|Mon-Sat 10-5| Closes April 23

Absorption Field @ Tilt Export: Approximate

The exhibition space at Gallery Homeland is a transitional area that can only be seen in its entirety through movement. The anamorphic wall drawings exhibited react to movement throughout the space by responding to the viewer’s point of view. There are a number of precise viewpoints in the gallery that activate an extended experience of the existing structural bounds. When viewed from these points, the forms suggest a dematerialization of the building providing an alternate visual landscape beyond the gallery walls.

The cavernous building interior is playfully expanded to create an illusion of a vast uninhabited industrial landscape in various stages of construction. They depict situations that echo the processes of construction and demolition but are unclear as to which one is taking place. This ambiguity is central to my work: in place of defined experiences I wish to create hybrid-viewing situations that extend possibilities of spatial experience and understanding.

Neo Geo

Neo Geo is flashy, flirting with op art's visuality but introducing an element of surrealism, or a kind of scientific mysticism. I tend to think the idea of neo-geometry might be seen as a philosophy, an approach using visual phenomenon to order, understand, confuse or propose situations in the environment. My use of infographics is my neo-geo tool, a method providing agency to my truly subjective interpretations. This tool suggests possibilities which when investigated may lead the viewer to attempt to solve or explain a given visual situation.

Drawings that look like plans let a viewer anticipate a materialization, relying on expectation and the viewer's motivation of what they want to know from an image. This is an infra-area, a planning process that never ends, and has no finite goal or present status. The image is a presentation of possibilities, a platform to generate ideas through a series of visual cues and suggestion. It is this sort of scientific method that provides an infinite amount of interpretations through the negation of starting and ending points.