Artist Statement

 

For the past fifteen years I have been making research based artworks that place natural systems within a frame of social and historic contexts. While this often takes form as sculptural installations my recent work has included a trilogy of videos about microorganisms, founding and directing CRITTER- a salon for the natural sciences in San Francisco, and developing some LEED Transplutonic building materials. These diverse projects stem from my fascination with the interrelationships between human beings, technology and the greater living environment.

 

My personal drive for making work about the organic world is born from a lifetime interest in biology. While I was terrible in high-school science and math my education emerged through a more direct engagement with materials and practices; as a chef I began to understand biochemistry and laboratory methods, as a hospice caregiver I worked with life support technologies and environmental controls, and through my interest in wild mushrooms I learned about taxonomies, forest ecologies and husbandry. Engaging with the sciences through an every day practice is a route that is aesthetically, intellectually and symbolically rich. In my various projects I show what I find interesting about the natural world, and use the lens of human artifice to achieve a specific focus of that view.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2009

The Future Imaginary, Otis College of Art and Design, Ben-Maltz Gallery, LA, CA

Other Worlds, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

EAT ART, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany

Lisbon Biennial of Art and Science, Portugal

 

2008

Machine Guide to LACMA, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

Eureeka!, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA

Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria

One Percent Water, Z33 Art Centre, Hasselt, Belgium

Vital Signs, Newcomb Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Science As Suspense, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia

Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

 

2007

BioTechnique, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Spanners, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Networked Nature, Foxy Production, NY, NY

Bios4, Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain

Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

 

2006 Chronic Revelator, Pomona College Museum, Pomona, CA

Garden Improvement, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

Juniors’ Returns, Gallery Kapelica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA

 

2005

Break Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Fabulandia, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

Social Construction, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Eco-Art, SF State University Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2004

Botanic, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina

Lineaments of Gratified Desire, Catherine Clark Gallery, SF, CA

Biennial of Electronic Arts, Perth, Australia

Organized, Machine, LA, CA

Botany 12, Sonoma County Museum, CA

GardenLab, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

The SF Show, New Image Art, LA, CA

 

2003

Reveling Influences, Museum of Craft And Folk Art, SF, CA

RealUNREAL, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno

Flipping the Bird, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

 

2002

New Fangle, GenArt, SF, CA

We Are All Meteorites, RAMP GALLERY, Hamilton, New Zealand

Traits Of Life, The Exploratorium, SF, CA

 

2001

Life Like, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

Let’s Get to Work! , Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Mycological-Fair, Oakland Museum, Oakland CA

 

2000

MFA Thesis Show, Stanford Art Center, Stanford University

The Discovered Order, Kiber Lab, Maribor, Slovenia

 

1998

Material World, Spaces, Cleveland Ohio

Annual Juried Show, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

1997

Gallery Sixteen, San Francisco, CA

 

1996

Bay Area Awards Show, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

 

1995

Ruff, Ross and Yo, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

1993

Missed Connections, San Francisco Arts Commission, S.F., CA

 

1992

3+Play, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2000 MFA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

 

1991 BFA, Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

 

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

 

2008

MacDowell Colony Fellow

 

2007

Porter Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Artist in Residence, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia

 

Artist in Residence, Oxbow School, Sonoma, CA

 

2005 I

nstitute For Figuration Research Grant

 

 

2004

Eureka Fellowship

 

MacDowell Colony Fellow

 

2001

The ArtCouncil Grant

 

Artist in Residence, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

 

1999

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

 

1998

Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA

 

1996

Bay Area Visual Arts Award, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

 

1991

Art in Transit Program, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

 

 

CURRATED EXHIBITIONS

 

2008

Techne, Maker Faire, San Mateo

 

2007

BioTechnique, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

 

2003

Out Of Line, Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University

 

2002

Chlorophilia,The Exploratorium, SF

 

2001

Watercolor Competition, with Adriane Colburn, Radical Space, SF

 

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

 

Co-Director- Garden of Forking Paths

Design and construction of The Machine In the Garden, Oxbow School, Napa California

 

Director/Founder, CRITTER, a salon for natural science and culture in San Francisco.

 

Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Architecture, University of San Francisco

 

 

 

LECTURES/ SYMPOSIA/ WORKSHOPS

 

2009

College Arts Association, Panel: “Soft Squishy Things”, Talk: “Anti-Gyne”

 

California Institute of the Arts, One week long AIR workshop on molecular movement,

Department of Integrated Media.

 

2008

University of Toronto, Subtle Technologies Conference, “Endoscopy”

 

2007

California College of the Arts, BioAesthetics Panel Talk, “Biotechnecronomicon”

 

2006

International Society of Electronic Arts, San Jose, CA-

Workshop: “Principals of Clean”

Panel: “Five Questions For Biology”

 

Zeum, SF, CA: Lecture: “Ganoderma complex, fungus folk art

traditions in Asia and rural America”

 

2005

Visiting Artist Lecture: “Dig”- Workshop: “Laminar Flow Interiors ”

Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

 

Visiting Artist Lecture: California Institute of The Arts, Valencia, CA

 

Visiting Artist Lecture: “Emergent Organization” Pomona College, Pomona, CA

 

Workshop: “Laboratory Construction and Pure Culture Preparation”

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

2004

Symposia: “Biotech Art Workshop”, University of Western Australia

A five-day workshop on the theory and application of biotech processes to art making practices. Co-taught with Oron Catts and Gary Cass.

 

Visiting Artist Lecture: “Techne” Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

 

Visiting Artist Lecture: “Nature and Technology” Phil Ross and Stephanie Syjuco,” Sonoma County Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA

 

2003

Visiting Artist Lecture: San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

 

2002

Workshop: “ Tissue Culturing on Agar” SF Mycological Society, SF, CA

 

2001

Visiting Artist Lecture “Objective Performances” Rensalier Polytechnic Institute

 

Vermont Mycological Society, Burlington, VT

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2007

BioTechnique, Bio-Force Publications, 96 Pages

Good Times, Bad Trips, Gallery 16 Publications, pp34-35

The Greenhouse Effect, Contemporary Art & Investments, pp 14-19

Life Extreme, Policrom Publications, Eduardo Kac, pp 102-103

 

2006

Home Mycology Lab, Make Magazine, Volume 7, pp102-110

 

Insiders, Machine Project Guide to Cultural History& Natural Sciences,

Pomona College Museum of Art pp69-79

 

2005

“Natural Ready-Mades”, NADA Magazine (In Portuguese), Volume 7, #4

 

2004

“Three Page Works” Ramp Magazine. Vol 1, #1 pp 38-41

 

“It’s All Good” Leonardo - Volume 37, Number 3, June 2004, pp. 180-181 The MIT Press

 

“Oyster Art”, Oyster, Chpt. 7, Rebecca Stott, Reaktion Books

 

2003

“Fellos”, Harvest, Future Farmer Publication, pp128-131

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2007

John Alderman, “Art and Culture”, Make Magazine, Volme 12, pp26-29

 

2006

Ken Johnson, “Odes to Nature, Grand and Demure, at Two Bronx Gardens”

New York Times, Friday, July 14

 

2006

Ken Johnson, “Artist Gardens” New York Times, Friday, July 14

 

2005

SF Weekly, “Imaginary Forces”. October 26,

 

2004

Julian Myers, “Our Hospitality” Frieze Magazine, Issue 79

 

2003

Michael Krasney.“Art & Living Organisms” Forum, KQED Radio,

SF, December 19

 

“Art Meets Nature” SPARK, KQED Television, April 9

 

Douglas J. Peckenpaugh “ Jarred In—An Exploration of Artistic Hydroponics”

The Growing Edge, Vol.14, No.5 May/June

 

2002

Berin Golonu, “The Studio as Laboratory” Artweek, October

 

John Osgood, “Art On The Half Shell” Osgood Files, CBS Radio, March 12

 

2001

Will Shank, “Tales From The Crypt” Bay Area Reporter, July 19

 

Todd Dayton, “A.I.: Artistic Intelligence” SF Weekly, June 27-July 3

 

Kenneth Baker, “Galleries” SF Chronicle, June 30

 

Glen Helfand “Artificial Instigators” SF Bay Guardian, July 11

 

John Rapko “Reviews” Artweek, September

 

Zacharry Lewis, “Curators Show A Working Exhibit”

Harrisburg Patriot July 19

 

Anne Crump, “Artspeak” SF Examiner, November 1