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ARTWORK: ARCHIVES

This page contains recent work as well as pieces dating back to 2005, organized thematically by series.

To view, click on the thumnail of an image. Then hover in the upper right hand corner and click "next" to proceed through each set.

Please contact me if you have any questions about my work.

2013

Flocking to the Pump Series

                           

Conceptually, I've been working with political and natural imagery dealing with landscape transformation and energy resources for a number of years. While living in Louisiana, that work often revovled around the Mississippi River, oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, and the effects of global warming, hurricanes, and nitrates causing hypoxic dead zones in the ocean. See the Trials and Tributaries Series farther down the page.

Moving from Louisiana to Kentucky to Northern Ohio over the course of the past year, I've observed a plethora of new-to-me energy resources in the landscape: pump jacks, coke remnants from the Canadian oil sands, wind turbines, and evidence of hydraulic fracturing. This new imagery has seeped into my work as I have become fixated on the term Energy Independence.

Moving has also affected my arts practice technically. Drawing and watercolor are very portable mediums, easy to move around and some of the first supplies I unpack. I've also been trying to cut down on the amount of stuff we have to move, so drawing on small scraps of printmaking paper with these mediums has allowed me to transform "stuff that needs to be boxed and moved again" into small works of art.

I am certain this series will continue to grow and evolve as we move and travel across the landscape. I am attempting to understand what this hot phrase Energy Indepenence really means, how it helps and/or hurts environmentalist's efforts to cut back on energy use, and what we make of the constant oils spills and other pollution energy efforts produce across the nation. I constantly check newsfeeds and archive images and information about spills and other energy-related disasters. I have also investigated our National Energy Policy and spend time gazing upon Google Earth, NOAA map imagery of coastal land loss, storm weather projection maps, and other diagrams depicting the changes in the natural environment that surrounds us.

Foot Prints

These large, low relief fabric sculptures are assembled from printed scraps as well as repurposed clothing. The pluming shapes of the Foot Prints mirror Doppler images of monstrous weather conditions, encroaching on the tenuous infrastructures of cities and ecosystems. The depiction of dangerous substances and serpentine weather systems functions as a reoccurring image throughout--as setting, victim and protagonist.

               

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Contemporary Creative Nonfictions
Other Recent Prints

I'm constantly making new works! Besides drawing and crocheting in my series on Energy Independance above, I continue to explore other ideas through various print mediums.

"Contemporary Creative Nonfictions" is a term I devised to describe my manner of working: collecting stories, both real and imagined, and combining them with imagery in a variety of ways.

One sub-series, called "Story Maps," explores creative writing and sampling of texts in conjunction with line drawings to explore subjects in a similar way as I do in my sketchbooks. These are often created with screen printing or a combination of screen and relief.

                               

2011-2012

TRIALS & TRIBUTARIES: MYTH AND DISASTER IN SOUTHERN LOUISIANA

                   

C.C.N.F. PERFORMANCE PROJECT

          

In March 2010, I created a me-sized Badger out of paper mache, which I then attempted to install at the Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C. This sculpture and performance piece were created with my late Uncle, Maj. Wallace Cole Hogan, JR. in mind. Cole was killed in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001; he was fielding calls at the point of impact. An outdoor 24 hour access 9/11 memorial was opened just under 10 years later. I read that one was allowed to leave mementos for the fallen, and if the Pentagon deemed them special, these mementos would then be mailed to the family of the deceased.

My goal was to create this paper mache, wire, and wood sculpture, leave it on my Uncle's bench in the memorial, and then potentially have it mailed to my grandmother by Pentagon Staff.

Unfortunately, I was told my "grief object" was too large, and I was asked to remove it. Otherwise, I believe a bomb squad would have been called to investigate such a suspicious object. I encountered no other obstacles in traveling with the badger sculpture on the subway and even in bringing it into the Memorial Park. It was only when I wanted to leave the sculpture that I was confronted by Pentagon guards. It should be noted that several days prior to my visit, there had been a shooting at the Pentagon subway station, so I believe this had caused some heightened security that may have hindered my project. Below is a slideshow on youtube.com of images taken during the performance.

 

C.C.N.F. WEB ART PROJECTS

C.C.N.F. v.1.0

      

C.C.N.F. v. 2.0

     

In Spring of 2010, I created two web-based art projects revolving around the images and writing from my series of prints and drawings entitled Contemporary Creative Nonfictions (C.C.N.F.). The sites functioned as "choose your own adventure" narratives based on experiences personal and political. My ultimate goal was to take my STORY MAP silkscreens and turn them into digital, clickable narrative environments. The progress of these projects was documented on a wordpress blog: http://contemporarycreativenonfictions.wordpress.com/.

You may find an essay relating these projects to the history of Net Art on the CCNF blog: OPEN CIRCUIT STORYTELLING: CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE NONFICTIONS

Version 1.0 explored the power of CSS coding to easily change the appearance of a document, rearranging content while simultaneously changing color and placement. I created five CSS "Skins" the viewer may choose to morph the site while clicking through a multitude of hotlinks. Many of the skins obscure parts of text, requiring the viewer to literally hand-scan select areas of text to reveal them.

Version 2.0 used the same text and concept of "choose your own adventure" web narrative, but it was navigable through a clickable compass allowing directional exploration as well as a "random link" Time Quake function and clickable map to explore the text. The information was browsed by scanning over lines of text with the mouse to reveal hidden pop up windows, clicking on hypertext words, or exploring through thumbnails of related artworks.

2008-2009

FIELD GUIDE, VOL. IV

Coming Soon.

FIELD GUIDE, VOL II.: BATTLE OF THE BELUGAS

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FIELD GUIDE TO LOCAL FLORA & FAUNA, VOL I.: WINTERVILLE, GA

                

WHALE OF A TALE

SKETCHBOOKS

Here are some sample images from my obsessive sketchbooking. I'm always doodling. To see more recent additions, you can check out the "Drawing" category on our blog, http://orangebarrelindustries.wordpress.com/

ARCHIVES: WAY BACK

These works date from my Undergraduate years at Tulane University in New Orleans and the year I spent in Athens, Georgia after graduation.

Brush off the dust and take a gander.