MASSASOIT IN MISSOURI
digital print, oil paint
digital print, colored pencil
BEN’S EPIC FAIL
digital print, acrylic paint
After The Wreck of the Hope (1823) by Casper David Freidrich.
After Listening to the Sphinx (1863) by Elihu Vedder.
After Cross in the Mountains (1805) by Casper David Friedrich.
After the Mount Rushmore National Memorial (1927-1941) by Gutzon Borglum and the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan, by the Taliban.
photo album, newspaper text
For the traveling book exhibition The Love Library I created a photo album of my wedding labeled with passages from a New York Times article about the heated Malawian public response to a gay wedding. The incongruous responses to love are troubling.
The transit maps of major metropolitan areas linked together as if a traveller could enter a station in Sydney and arrive in New York via St. Petersburg and Berlin.
collage, acrylic paint
In 2007 The Kansas City Star published an editorial lambasting the department store Macy’s for using the communist red star as their new corporate logo. With the amount of Chinese products on Macy’s shelves the emblem seemed perfectly appropriate.
In 1904 Tui Manua was the last Samoan matai (chief) to sign a treaty with the U.S. and therefore confirmed creation of the new American territory. By the 2004 centennial the McDonald’s on the small Polynesian island was one of the most profitable restaurants in the chain worldwide. The restaurant reproduced my original painting, i’m lovin’ it? (2004), in a newspaper advertisement without my permission.