Two in-progress shots of my latest piece, a 16' x 8' wall sculpture of the entire state of California. I sculpted all the freeways and state highways in solid copper wire, stapled by hand on rotary-cut red oak veneered plywood, custom stained with jet-black acetone dye.
The client was a true punk in early 80s Hollywood, a roadie for the Adolescents, raising hell at concerts by Black Flag, the Misfits, and X. Now, he's a clean-cut family man. He's like Hollywood itself, and I wanted to capture that evolution in this piece. From a distance, the iconic sign; up close concert pics running along an illuminated Sunset Boulevard, and lyrics from favorite punk songs threaded through Hollywood's main streets.
Inspired by the sets of old MGM musicals, I made this collection of Deco buildings by hand, milling pieces of solid basswood on my table and chop saws. They're lit from inside with dimmable LEDs.
New York City
These LA natives built their dream home in La Jolla, California with stunning views of the Pacific but with an eye on the other coast. They commissioned a sculptural interpretation of their favorite way of getting around their favorite city - the New York City Subway. I drew my own map from scratch, drafting for a month to get streets and stations in their exact geographic locations. Map is in walnut plywood, subway lines in steel, water is shimmering black cowhide. This piece spans two stories, running through the landing of the grand staircase.
The former headquarters for the Santa Fe Railroad in downtown Los Angeles were converted to live/work lofts and I created this hanging sculpture to light up the main marble staircase, using images of vintage maps, schedules, and railway logos.
This beautiful young actress (and barista at my local coffee shop) made a lovely muse. We became friends and I asked if I could shoot pictures of her to create this piece. The images are printed on textured paper and mounted on 3/4" MDF panels. She watches over my work shop.
This wall sculpture explores my first eight years living and working in Los Angeles, made of things I wore, used or made: leather belts, riding boots, the heat sink from the computer that crashed, scraps of wood from the Craftsman kitchen I did, washers and fence caps from my subway sculpture prototype.
Inspired by the soaring mountains and rolling plains of my home state of Colorado, I made this piece from a single sheet of walnut veneer, backed with individual strips, precisely cut by hand with a sharp blade, then threaded through with clear acrylic rods and backlit.
This is my take on You-Are-Here kiosks, created as a commission for a downtown loft lobby. It places viewers in their building's heavily industrial setting but turns that orientation on its side, rotating the earth 90 degrees, causing viewers to pause to figure out where they are.