EFFACING, postage stamps, fiber board, styrofoam; 130 cm x 130 cm (51" x 51")
One of my sweetest memories of my dad is the stamp collecting we shared when I was about 10. I always loved the look and feel of postage stamps.
Every stamp is a small painting, commemorating generals, presidents, kings and queens, writers and philosophers: everyone who is important to every country. All that history, right in my hands.
Here are a few of the pieces I created in Amsterdam in '95 and '96. The stamps are laminated to a variety of materials and protected against moisture and fading with a special protective coating.
HISTORYFISH (detail), stuffed fish, stamps, laminate; 50 cm x 110 cm (20" x 43")
Here I cut the faces out of the stamps to make them look more like the scales of the fish.
LILY RAFT, inflatable pool toy.
MERMAID, Acrylic aquarium with live fish and plants
SCULPTURE FOR THE MAN WITH BALLS
A galvanized steel construction, with hinged compartments that hold 5 balls: rugby, basketball, soccer ball, football, baseball.
A table made for displaying a collection of objects. It is 100 cm (39") in diameter and made of cherry wood, with a glass top and stainless steel legs. COLLEC-TABLE is available with or without contents.
The following images are renderings of scenes I'd like to see. All images are copyright protected.
SPIDER WOMAN is a robotic vehicle
THE TITANIC BED AND BREAKFAST
THE POD appears as something old and yet vaguely futuristic, a bit steam-punk, a bit Jules Verne, surreal and beautifully made. The skeleton of the pod will be steel tubing. The skin is to be made of perforated copper, patinated to look like a great old object of ritual. It will be 15' in diameter and 25' long. The eyes shown here are one moment in a 30 minute video loop. The pod is covered with fifty-sixty 20" TV monitors. Over these screens will be cast glass or plastic lenses that will magnify and distort the imagery.
THE POD interior will be modular quilted (faux) leather with buttons that tuft the leather into a huge Chesterfield couch. The buttons will be programmed LEDs. This will be a tranquil womb-like interior, which will feel cool, cozy, and luxurious. Perforations in the copper skin will allow air to circulate in and through the pod. People will have to pull themselves into the opening in the pod. They may tumble in. They may need a hand from someone to exit the pod. All part of the intimacy of THE POD.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE KIND, a 23M (75') diameter rope hammock, this is a sculpture and an amphitheatre and more. It is a place for community and repose. It is an invitation, a place of uplift, of ritual, evoking ancient mandalas and other spiritual traditions. Perhaps people will be invited to take their shoes off upon entering. It will be made of color-fast 1/4" marine-grade nylon rope, woven by a specialist in weaving and knotting.