KNOW BETTER
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #2
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #1
       
     
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Know Better: Scenario #3 (back)
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #3 (front)
       
     
Better luck this time
       
     
Better luck this time (detail)
       
     
Better left unsaid
       
     
Such large virtue
       
     
Just so
       
     
And then some
       
     
Blue “E”
       
     
Steadfast
       
     
Small victory
       
     
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KNOW BETTER

Solo show at devening projects + editions
Chicago, IL
August 28 – October 15, 2016


This group of sculptures, inspired by a fence display at Lowe’s, embraces the formal appeal of the ubiquitous staircase: it elevates, it frames, it references the body, and it has a distinct front and back. It also offers a way to organize space that mirrors the logic of my recent drawings. By stretching the riser and condensing the tread of each stair, I re-negotiate the structure’s use value and heighten the play between two and three dimensions, flatness and form.

I always start with drawing. Sometimes I jump from one body of sculptural work immediately into another, but I know better. The drawings offer a low-stakes way for me to arrange objects in imagined constructions. Nothing falls in a drawing! Working with ink wash led me to more layered and dense two-dimensional compositions. The stair sculptures are my attempt to apply this thought process to three dimensions.

Each scenario in the show comprises a particular color scheme. With application techniques adopted from my glazed ceramics, I use painted forms with blurred transitions to further emphasize overlapping relationships.

My approach is grammatical — I manipulate objects and materials into highly edited sentences, paragraphs, or stanzas. Whereas previous installations have felt like sparsely composed essays or poems, this grouping reads more like a collection of short stories. Each sculpture relates to the others stylistically, but ultimately remains self-sufficient.

Thank to Jason Dunda, Annette Hur, Scott Carter, Johana Moscoso, Marissa Benedict, and Leslie Baum for moral and material support with this work.

Know Better: Scenario #2
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #2

wood, fiberboard, drywall, joint compound, steel, marble, fabric, hand-needlepointed fabric, granite, brass, glazed stoneware, paint, stain
78 x 48 x 15 inches

Know Better: Scenario #1
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #1

wood, fiberboard, joint compound, papier maché, aluminum, fabric, hand-dyed fabric, paint, stain

93 x 72 x 18 inches

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Installation view
Know Better: Scenario #3 (back)
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #3 (back)

wood, fiberboard, joint compound, pegboard, glazed stoneware, hand-dyed fabric, stone, steel, brass, marble, paint, stain
65 x 36 x 20 inches

Know Better: Scenario #3 (front)
       
     
Know Better: Scenario #3 (front)
Better luck this time
       
     
Better luck this time

wood, hand woven fabric, Sculptamold, joint compound, paint
60 x 9 x 19.5 inches

Better luck this time (detail)
       
     
Better luck this time (detail)
Better left unsaid
       
     
Better left unsaid

steel, wood, paint, mason line
46 x 52.5 x 4 inches

Such large virtue
       
     
Such large virtue

marble, brass, wood, hand-dyed fabric
15 x 10 x 3 inches

Just so
       
     
Just so

wood, pegboard, fiberboard, joint compound, fabric, paint
25.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches

And then some
       
     
And then some

wood, fiberboard, joint compound,
fabric, paint
16 x 18 x 8 inches

Blue “E”
       
     
Blue “E”

wood, ink, paint
13 x 5.25 x 4 inches

Steadfast
       
     
Steadfast

wood, glazed stoneware, joint
compound, paint
17 x 6 x 1.75 inches

Small victory
       
     
Small victory

wood, steel, glazed stoneware, hand-dyed fabric, paint, stain
27 x 21 x 1.5 inches

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glazed stoneware
8 x 4 x 4 inches

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stoneware
8 x 8 x 4 inches

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stoneware
5 x 6 x 6 inches

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glazed porcelain
7 x 5 x 5 inches

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glazed porcelain
7 x 6 x 7 inches

Installation view
       
     
Installation view