A Conspiracy of Silence

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Triton College Art Gallery - J building
2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL 60171
March 26 - April 13, 2012
Public Reception April 12, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

This project began as a body of work from my summer residencies in 2010 and 2011 within the natural landscape of the Southwest while working as a ranger and videographer for the U.S. National Park. The region is abundant with pueblo ruins, petro glyphs, petrified trees and Triassic fossils under the affairs of the Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Zuni, and many other indigenous nations. What was certain was that this landscape, like the times we’re in, had inevitably gone through radical phases of change. Without the fabric of urban sprawl, it is easy to examine the textural and monumental impact of volcanism, meteor impact, fossilized creatures, and mega waterways that have carved out deep canyons and deserts over hundreds of thousands of years. Within this region it is possible to be humbled and reminded that the human species, though new to this planet, seems to reach technical autonomy and develop literate civilizations in cycles of ten thousand years. With the level of advances in communication we enjoy, we have become witnesses to catastrophic events that were previously documented in writing or oral myths from our ancestors. Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, tornados, hurricanes and floods are merely organic and magnetic symptoms of our symbiotic relationship with our celestial surroundings. Oddly enough, with the knowledge we have, humankind pushes on to excavate, impale, and smother the planet’s surface with fabricated excrements of asphalt, cement, and plastic that form our densely populated cities. And so I ask myself, will we practice living in a state of harmony with our planet before the planet decides we are not right for it? “

North center wall of Triton Gallery

Detail of wire a sculpture

Wire sculpture

One of four canvases included with installation

Facing west wall of Triton Gallery

Detail of figural sculptures against west wall

Looking through wire sculpture
facing east wall of Triton Gallery

Detail of wire sculpture
facing south east wall of gallery