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Dragon Swallows Moon 2020
This recently published 148 page book combines photographs and text one-liners with concise abstract drawings. It is intended as a kind of hypertext narrative of many branching meanings, a truth-seeking method and vehicle of sorts, an indeterminate ramble that if read through slowly opens up the hoped-for possibility of finding one’s way.
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A Morning Spent 2020
footpath borders field: verge: liminal perimeter
Thistles and Glyphs 2016-ongoing
Visualize a transitional likeness of the natural world, a topography that is not descriptive landscape, but information. Palimpsests of pattern upon pattern build up layer upon layer. A fragmented terrain comes into view. Cross currents interact in chaos and complexity and, yet, thankfully, Beauty persists.
Each picture-building component in Thistles and Glyphs is a signifier: bitmapped photo fragments; a semi-transparent, multi-layered surface; encryption integers derived from the hiss of radioactive decay; randomized text passages tracked into lattice structures; glyphic outlines of a text-based negative space; the blossom as a gesture of affirmation. Categories take over, as each picture edges away from the particular and tilts toward a set of circumstances.
source texts embedded in the pictures
1) randomized old testament fragment:
SEEM TO BE NOT HEAR THEREFORE RESTORE THE TOKEN OF THE CHILDREN AND FROM THEE OF THE LAND IN SILVER AND HE SOUGHT THY SEED I HAVE NOTHING TO PASS ON TO OUR FATHER’S HOUSE REPLENISH THE DROVES SAYING ALL FLESH WHEREIN IS STUBBORN AND HE MADE OBEISANCE TO HIS DREAMS AND FOR ME HE GIVETH GOODLY WORDS A DREAM BEHOLD HITHERTO THOU SHALT NOT AND THE HAND THE DOOR AND IT WAS CLOSED A FAIR WOMAN TO THEE BUT IF HE SAID I MAY BLESS THEE IN A POSSESSION OF MOURNING BOUND UP EARLY IN THE LAND WHERE ART MY SOUL AND HE KNELT AT THE GATE OF THE MOUNTAIN
2) random integers generated by radioactive decay:
pigment print on paper with hand-inlaid white gold leaf, wooden dowel and embroidery floss – 36 x 56 inches
A Jug of Flowers (after Memling) 2017
A Few Drops of Light Rain (2015)
LOBSTER FLATS (2010-11) an excerpt
The images in this book and print series were created by digitally manipulating a limited number of photographs into a theme and variations suite. The accompanying text was generated by feeding sentence fragments into an online text randomizer and sifting through the results. Swipe, or use the nav buttons below:
The Heart Migrates Beneath the Mechanism (2015)
— a three minute tone poem that adapts selected Lobster Flats still images to HD video
Special thanks to Zoë Keating for the use of her wonderful music.
Permissible Artifacts (2003 – ongoing)
Making these assemblages began as an allergic reaction to the political spectacle that preceded the ill-fated invasion of Iraq in 2003. The work internalizes issues of blighted cultural memory, vengeance, violence, religious confusion, obfuscation and sexual longing. —— raw pigment, oil, graphite, wax, wire, canvas, wood, papier collé, stainless steel, found objects, computer circuitboards and memory chips, vintage polaroids, text. Swipe to view…
an excerpt – images: Tim Trompeter text: Joseph Simas