This site serves multiple functions. It provides documentation of selected creative work I have completed in various media. It is also contains work created specifically for the web in conjunction with films, installations, performances, site-specific work or other media. These related web elements are intended not just as a documentation of the physical work, but as a complementary or contradictory expression in relation to the physical work they were produced with.
I create work in a gallery or location offering the viewer a complete experience within the modernist traditions of an art exhibition in the physical world, but all of my gallery art, media art, and location actions are expanded with their own web component. These may be expansions of certain elements of the traditional work or, more likely, a complete contradiction of the gallery or location experience with that piece. This hybrid real/virtual work, with its intentional contradictions, is intended as a comment on the contradictory ways that we live our lives with dual, or perversely multiple, identities between our online and our embodied selves.
I am interested in using the specific qualities of the web to create a new context and new shades of meaning for my gallery/media/site work. I am certainly intrigued by the great range of social, critical and creative possibilities of the web in and of itself. However, I am intrigued not so much by the idea of virtuality itself, but by the unique and rapidly evolving interplay between the physical and the virtual. It is in this area that my work has been exploring new territory since 1998.
Although I have done this work in relative isolation, this hybrid strategy is now being recognized as an emerging aesthetic by a number of artists and thinkers, and is being categorized with such terms as "Post-Internet Art" or "Internet Aware Art". Although I am not completely comfortable with either of these terms, I am delighted to see the creative possibilities for hybrid work recognized critically and look forward to seeing how things develop. For those particularly interested in this emerging aesthetic you might want to look into the panel I will chair at the CAA conference in New York in February 2013, Bits and Chunks: Considering new art that combines familiar physical forms with components on the Internet.
Meanwhile please ramble around this website and have a look at work that is struggling to contextualize who and what we are as we leap and stagger into this new millennium. I hope to hear from you.