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USA Pro Challenge Bike Art Project

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Bike Art shown at Denver International Airport in the baggage claim as part of the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race in Colorado, held during the month of August, 2012. Participants were selected by Ivar Zeile, owner of Plus Gallery, Denver, CO. Each artist or collaborative team designed a bicycle to represent a specific cycling program. In this case I have represented team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, taking the color and geometric shapes of the argyle pattern that is characteristic of Slipstream Sports, the team’s holding company.


Naming a thing doesn’t make it real, except when it does

Images from Metropolitan State University of Denver Art Faculty Exhibition, Collective Nouns, at the Center for Visual Art, 2011.

Work from Art Farm

Images of work completed during my residency at Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska, 2010. I began with a blank wall, drawing paper and toothpicks and assembled this on a wall of the studio during my three weeks on site.

Preview of the MoMA Project Drawings

The following images represent a few of the drafted drawings being made for the MoMA project.

The ground plan of the atrium as envisioned by the drawing laboratory.

The rocket unit.

The cloud conveyor unit, seen without the applied cloud texture.

Wave Form

I once found a parachute caught on a barbed-wire fence. It was partially covered with snow and had only recently become visible. I was on a bike ride when I discovered it, so I came back for it later with my truck. The lines had been cut, which brings up questions about how it came to be where I found it. I’m guessing the original owner cut this tangled one away and used a back-up chute to finish the jump safely. Using box fans I filled the parachute with air lengthwise. Because of its blue color and the rippling effect of air moving underneath I thought of it as a wave. This is just one more method for contriving a wave form like the various examples one might find in Renaissance theater sets.

Static Wave

This image shows a version of one of our wave machine prototypes. It is from our series of theatric special effects created from found objects. Not seen in the photograph are the fan placed at one end and the rippling motion caused by it. Unlike theatre, which requires a certain amount of audience distance, this effect encourages close scrutiny. Upon entering the space created by the volume of air under the fabric, one is enticed to stay by soft blue light and the cool rush of air.

A Nylon Wave

Measuring MoMA


Using a map of the second floor atrium at the Museum of Modern Art, Measuring MoMA is a project for which I will be drawing a plan and elevation of the atrium space as accurately as I can. Filling this space will be theatrical set pieces related to Renaissance stage design conventions and catastrophic environmental events. The second phase of this project is to measure the floor space, wall dimensions, and various ceiling heights of the actual MoMA atrium in contrast to the estimations I made previously. The preparatory drawings and models of the atrium space and the theoretical items to be installed there will likely be a major component of the supposed installation, giving evidence of the various stages of production and contrasting the end result or final phase of design.