Dissecting the built environment and mining the fields of modernism, be it art or architecture, are through lines of my work. Recently, my practice has been influenced by a realization that my community in Atlanta is becoming increasingly void of its history as it reaches for a future of hopeful prosperity, constantly destroying to build again. This fluid evolution of the built environment interests me. By working with the materials used and discarded in this process − the cinder block, I-beam, plywood, sheet rock and plaster − I am trying to understand and capture the essence and power of these forms. My work is a visually abstracted form of documentation, a perspective that re-contextualizes the build environment. I strive to present the beauty of these pedestrian objects such that they become extraordinary. In many ways, I am celebrating and elevating those things that people take for granted.
Star from the Sinbad Motel, Miami, FL, c. 1992
Jaume Plensa, Semen-Blood / Sex-Religion / Love-Hate / Saint-Sinner / Matter-Spirit, 1999-2005
Jaume Plensa, La Riva de Acheronte / Dessin d’un maitre inconnu, 1995-9
Sol LeWitt, From the Word Art Blue Lines to Four Corners, Green Lines to Four Sides, and Red Lines Between the Words Art on the Printed Page, 1972 (via visible)