Like much of Louisiana, Monroe has a very high rate of poverty. In these low income areas, when businesses fail or shut down, there is usually nothing to replace them. Buildings are left abandoned for years, and fall apart from weathering and vandalism. These vacant properties are often associated with squatters, drug use, and violence, which is disastrous to an already impoverished community. To bring attention to the developing potential (and lack of) in these areas, I created a "real estate advertisement" of a nearby abandoned processing plant, listing its address and the phrase A Great Development Opportunity. The mural itself was placed on the boards of yet another abandoned building in the heart of the up-and-coming downtown. Laserjet prints and wheat paste. (162" x 88")
The Times They Are A Changin'
This piece was originally designed as a mockup for a Bob Dylan tribute. After going in a different direction, I used the poster as a wheatpaste on an abandoned cotton processing plant in Monroe, LA. Laserjet prints and wheat paste. (45" x 70")
While the selfie and hashtag craze was sweeping the nation, I thought it would be a fun experiment to see how well I could engage an audience by placing mirrors in subway stations and out in the streets of New York City. Using the hashtag #selfieNYC, I tracked over 1000 pictures taken using just a handful of mirrors in a few weeks. Check out the project at selfienyc.com. Vinyl cut lettering on glass mirrors. (12" x 12")
In 2013, before it was revealed that Apple was actually going to build an Apple Store in the chic Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, gentrification was already a hot topic. Once a low rent area that attracted many artists and ethnic minorities, land prices have skyrocketed in recent years, driving many inhabitants further out to Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. With Bedford Apple Store, I wanted to see how people would react to the crown jewel of gentrification opening off ground zero for the new wave of upper middle class white residents: the Bedford Avenue subway stop. (Laserjet prints and wheatpaste. (45" x 63")
Free Food For The Homeless
Los Angeles has about 60,000 homeless people living its county. In late 2013, city officials proposed an ordinance to restrict charitable food programs for the homeless. There are a number of cities with similar restrictions, including New York City, which bans food donations to homeless shelters, due to the fact they can’t assess the nutritional value of them. This piece was created to prompt discussion to the situation, and provided a link to an article in the New York Times. Enamel on refrigerator doors. (30" x 60")
Terrible First Efforts
"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. Start by getting something— anything— down on paper." Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird. Ink, spray paint, and chalk on paper.
Video created for Super Bowl XLIX. Clay, laserjet prints, vinyl cut lettering on paper.
This video takes the premise of life auditing, which involves organizing your goals and ambitions. When I saw the arrangement of the color coded Post-It notes used, it reminded me of a still frame from an audio frequency spectrum. From this idea, I made a complete video using the Post-Its as bars in the spectrum. Music by John Potts. Pen on paper.
Grilled Cheese Party
This was the invitation I sent out for my grilled cheese birthday party. Paint marker on paper, ink on plate, and grilled cheese.
I Don't Feel Like It
"You don't have to feel like doing something in order to do it." — Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. Marker and vinyl cut lettering on wood.
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" — Steve Jobs. In this commencement address to the Stanford Graduating Class of 2005, Jobs discusses how his life changed after being diagnosed with cancer, that he looks at himself in the mirror each morning and asking this question. For this photo, I wanted to look as if I were standing in front of a mirror brushing my teeth, and printed a shirt to display the quote.
"When I see someone else's great work, I feel a burning that is sometimes like jealousy. I wish I had done that. I want to be that good. That's all positive. Jealousy for someone else's success or opportunities: there is no greater waste of time." — Louis C.K. Digital illustration.
Tribute to Maya Angelou using words from her poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Digital Illustration.
Digital illustration of Apple CEO Tim Cook for Fast Company following the Worldwide Developers Conference.