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" alt="patio; wood, carpet; 13'4" x 24'11" x 7"; 2006. Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
"/> patio; wood, carpet; 13'4" x 24'11" x 7"; 2006. Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  1. ">patio; wood, carpet; 13'4" x 24'11" x 7"; 2006. Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  2. island path; grass and gravel; 10' x 30'; 2009. Governor's Island, NYC
  3. ">brick; neon; 29.5" x 33.5"; 2009. Norwood, NYC
My work can be described as architectural installation. Often sited in public spaces, the work relates to the fabric and cultural practices of the urban and suburban environment.

I use a variety of industrial materials including carpet, sheetrock, and advertising posters in combination with a graphic language of construction such as bricks, stone, and wood. The graphics of one material may be translated into another. In patio, paving stone and grass are constructed from wood decking and carpet. Or material use may be reversed, as in island path, where the pavers are made from grass, and the spaces between are stone. These projects retain their architectural functions and actively engage the viewer: floor works are meant to be walked upon, wall works define spaces. The humorous forms of the work, such as oversized bricks made from shrubbery, are complemented by their low-tech, low key construction. My postering projects can be seen as an act of drawing onto the city itself. Conventions of modern construction are playfully reconfigured in unexpected ways, and with a lighthearted sense of humor, the work addresses the social use of space and architecture.

1. patio; wood, carpet; 13'4" x 24'11" x 7"; 2006. Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada.
2. island path; grass and gravel; 10' x 30'; 2009. Governor's Island, NYC
3. brick; neon; 29.5" x 33.5"; 2009. Norwood, NYC. Art in Odd Places, a festival exploring the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.


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