Assistant Professor, Sculpture. BFA, 1994, Ohio University, Athens; MFA, 1997, University of Illinois at Chicago. Gallery Affiliation: Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Peter Blum Gallery, NY. Exhibitions: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Chicago Cultural Center; Rotunda, NY; New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Gallery 400, Chicago. International Exhibitions: Berlin, Denmark, London, and Vienna. Commissions: City of Chicago, The City of Phoenix, AZ, University of Arizona. Collections: Whitney Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Microsoft, Phillip Morris/Altria.
Experience at SAIC
I began teaching in the department of Sculpture in 1999. I teach across the curriculum, from introductory courses to advanced courses and my thematic courses including Permanence and Ephemerality; Materiality and Metaphor; Sentimentality and Materiality; and a course team-taught with my colleague, Oli Watt in the Printmedia department on humor and objects.
In creating works, I am primarily concerned with creating tensions between systems of authority and subjectivity. From fill-in-the-blank forms, graphs, public signage, poetry, measurement systems, and minimalism, the work inserts subjectivity into impersonal forms and injects minimalism with emotion. Above all, I am interested in exploring the abstract, minimal, and textual properties of everyday forms, and offering alternative methods for viewers to locate information, self-identify, and relate to each other. My current work interrogates affect and the affective turn in the ways in which language, writing and objects participate in the experience.
I'm currently working on object-making relating to the tensions and connections amongst three forms: contemporary country music, the Transcendentalists' writings and Siberia.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.