Country of origin: USA
In which Residency Program did you participate?
Sculpture and Installation, 2006
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I wanted to create work in a scale that my studio would not allow in a context where artistic dialogue would flow around me.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The technical staff was great and the key artists of the program were amazing mentors pushing my work and me to new levels conceptually and technically.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
The realization of an ambitious piece in dialogue with professionals that were experienced in the field opened my way of working towards the philosophy of creating without concern for whether the logistics line up or not.
What's going on in your studio now?
I am currently developing 6 major projects: A mass performance with makeshift instruments in collaboration with Jason Thompson for the Auditorium of the Reina Sofia in Madrid as a part of In-Sonora, a dual solo project with Kevin Jerome Everson curated by Andrew Smaldone for Villa Romana in Florence revolving around a triumphant arch made from scaffolding, my first solo project in Barcelona at the Galeria Carles Tache, a series of craps tables for the Re-Significations Blackamoor Project with NYU Florence, a series of immense shoe polish paintings on sculptural stretcher bars as part of my fellowship from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin in Santander and a mass performance revolving around a series of truck mounted battering rams in collaboration with 200 musicians in commemoration of Paul Robeson to be performed in Peekskill, NY. I am also putting the finishing touches on a series of performance based videos in collaboration with longtime collaborator Bradly Dever Treadaway.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
Drawing from my experience at SVA I have resolved to stripping many of the self imposed limitations that I have placed on my work allowing for a range of unpredictable and life changing pieces.