King of the Forest

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Sculptor David D’Orio and me have three new artworks on display at the Arlington Arts Center.  The exhibition is on view January 23 - April 3, 2016.

The three art works in the show present a sandwich board advertising campaign for pollinators; a food chain merry-go-round that is a metaphor for food that comes around and goes around, and around, and around; and an image of the state of industrial food production as repetition, re-production, and the packaging of the idea of control.

About the Exhibition:
King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity, curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel,  explores and imagines the strength and severity of the impact that humans have on the planet, and particularly on animals. In this exhibition artists explore and imagine what our relationship to animals and to the planet could be in some future, dystopian version of the natural reality, and in some cases what that relationship already is in the present day. Artists wrestle with these ideas with works that blur the line between human and animals, comment on the human-imposed and oft-flawed power structures and hierarchy of the natural world, and examine animal behavior to gain insight into our own actions.

 

 

The Garden Project

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The garden project was exhibited at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD in 2015.  The work depicts domestic aspects of modern living with both natural and unnatural elements. The art work is derived from DuPont's 1935 advertising slogan "Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry." Chemical inventions often start out as solutions to human perceived problems.  Often the creations have unintended human and environmental consequences — both in commercial or domestic applications.  In addition, they enter into the world of corruptive forces such as market economies, politics, and human greed. My art aims to open up a dialogue about the chemical solutions and the systems we have chosen to support.