Expanding on the Theme of Over Development

The Fallen
The Fallen, 2019, Mixed Media Artist Book, Unique, 7.25″ x 17″ Open,

 

The Fallen Back View
The Fallen, 2019, Mixed Media Artist Book, Unique, 7.25″ x 17″ Back View Open,
The Fallen Closed 300
The Fallen, 2019, Mixed Media Artist Book, Unique, 7.25″ x 5.5″ X 1″ Closed

Awhile back I posted digital images I worked over along with some thoughts on over development.   Since then, I have decided to expand on the theme and construct an actual physical piece.  The Fallen pays tribute to all creatures that are victims of over development but I continued to use the image of the toad.  I choose a triple panel structure that is reminiscent of alter pieces and deliberately used a house shape as the panel format.  I repeated the use of the red outline of the toads’ bodies as I did with the digital images. If you did not see the original post with the digitally reworked images, you can see that here . If you would like to see more detailed images of the finished piece you can go to my gallery page here.

Over Development

Walking around my neighborhood last summer, I regularly noticed many strangely flattened shapes along the road.  Upon closer inspection, these shapes turned out to be toads that were run over by cars.  One day, while standing in one spot, I counted four toads that had been run over within a small radius of where I stood.

When I describe my “neighborhood”, it is important to know that I do not live along a highway or even a regular street but an apartment complex.  My apartment complex, and the surrounding four shopping centers and medical complex, were not here as little as ten years ago.  Behind my apartments are a creek and greenway where it is typical to see many birds, groundhogs, deer, raccoons, and (very recently) an otter.  Not very long ago, where I live was a very rural area that has turned into a massive suburban sprawl.

I found myself needing to record the demise of these creatures.  Art is not always a comfortable, beautiful subject. It is also meant to shake people up a bit.  Though I photographed many toads, I decided that less is more so I am presenting just two images in tribute to these fine creatures we have displaced.

toad 1
Victim 1
toad 1b
Victim 2

Installation Art: Any Back Yard

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Portrait of a Robin

I have talked on and off about installation art and mentioned a few pieces I have done in this medium.  One of my favorite installations I have made is Any Back Yard.  This installation was on view at the University of the Arts Window on Broad for the month of April, 2006.  The “window” is a deep space (think department store type window space) that faces a busy street. The installation is about attracting birds to an urban yard.

Personal symbols in artwork is another topic I touched on and laundry is another such symbol for me.  Laundry hanging out to dry is an everyday site in a city so it is no wonder such imagery was stuck in my mind.Read More »