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    Spirit House For My Dead Ideas was made in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I used wooden poles, bamboo and ropes that I had found around the city to construct a spirit house to contain all of my defunct ideas.

Spirit House For My Dead Ideas 2014
Wooden poles, bamboo, rope, string, wire, photos, photocopies and candles 7 x 4 x 4 feet

No Direction Home 2014 Jpeg 3in x 4 in

    In After the Gold Rush, I have built a doll-sized version of the house from the movie Psycho. This is where Norman Bates keeps the preserved remains of his dead mother and acts as though she is still alive.  This piece is made entirely from material taken from previous sculptures. After the Gold Rush acts as a reliquary/diorama/gallery where I have constructed scenes made up of trinkets and photos that I have collected over the years. Like Bates with the skeleton of his mother, I have imbued these objects and scenes with energy and entrusted them to the protection of this crumbling house.

After the Gold Rush 2013 (Ongoing) Wood, Corrogated Plastic, Paper and various collaged materials 4 x 5 x 5 feet

   Living in the End Times is titled after Slavoj Zizek’s book. The book deals with climate change as one would come to terms with their own death. The gorilla is taken from a roadside monument that Hunter S. Thompson drives by in Terry Gilliam’s movie Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.  It is made from a ramshackle wooden armature covered in foam pieces held together with bamboo skewers and then glued with spray foam. This sculpture embodies the craziness I feel in the face of our darkening world and protecting my daughter from whatever nightmares might come.

Living in the End Times
2012 Styrofoam, expanding foam, rope, wood, bambo skewers, various 12 x 10 x 8 feet

Henry Moore Blood Cult
2012 Video   running time: 3 minutes

Charlottes Web 2011 Wood, spray foam, steel cable, wire mesh cloth 20 x 10 x 3 feet

Holiday 2009 Watercolor paper, wood, hardware, colored pens 15 x 9 x 15 feet

Seance for the Symphony
2009 Video running time: 7 minutes


Monarch 2008 Chicken wire, spray foam, plaster bandages, chrome paint, plywood, hardware, colored paper, steel 8 x 8 x 12 feet

Stars Like Dust 2009
Acrylic on paper 86 x 43 in

Acrylic on stretched canvas 24 x 31in

Love and Trust 2009
Oil on weathered board 48 x 32 in 

Nostalgia for Infinity
Graphite on paper 21 x 31 in

Unititled Cover
Colored pen on tinted canvas 30 x 22 in


    Each time I take Mickey out of storage I rework or repair him to some extent. Through the process this sculpture has an ever evolving existance.

Mickey 2007-2009 made from an uncounted variety of materials 9 x 6 x 3 feet (wall painting 6 feet in diameter)


Western Model 2008 Plywood, plexilglass, aluminum tubing, plastic board, aluminum sheeting 14 x 6 x  12 feet

Beautiful Superman 2007 13' x 3 ' x 2' wood, yarn, canvas, latex, plaster bandages, card board, plexiglas, sculptamold
Beautiful Superman 2007  Wood, yarn, canvas, latex, plaster bandages, card board, plexiglas, sculpta-mold
13 x 3 x 2 feet

Empire 2007 Steel, paper, sculpey, cloth, polyester resin, chicken wire 13 x 6 x 5 feet

Last Stand at Big Thunder Mountain 2006 Styrofoam, canvas, latex paint, and burnt wood 15 x 9 x 13 feet

Crystal Palace 2006 Plexiglas, mirror, plywood, hot glue 120 x 60 x 60 inches

Mississippi Ark 2006 Wood, canvas, styrofoam, cloth, cardboard 108 x 56 x 94 inches

Book on Tape 2005 Carpet, latex paint, paper, colored pencils, plexiglass, aluminum, wood, rubber tubing
6 x 10 feet (footprint of rug)

Imagine Piano 2005 Plywood, styrofoam, string, latex paint 5 x 6 x 3 feet

VHS 2005 Foam, plexiglas, latex paint 2 x 4 x 8 feet
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