Nov 2018 – Jan 2019 | Wallplay OnCanal

This exhibition took place on Canal St in New York City.  I wanted to create a piece based on the history of the site so I began to research the story of Canal St.  Canal St. exists because of a failed remediation effort to contain toxic water.  A nearby fresh water source became heavily contaminated by the breweries, tanneries and slaughterhouses that developed on its shores in addition to the local residents using it for a waste dump.  First they filled the pond but were unaware that it was fed from underground springs.  The wastewater began to seep out.  To expedite flushing the water into the Hudson River, they dug a canal.  The canal quickly became a stagnant and they decided to build a road on top of it and turn it into a sewer.  That sewer still runs under Canal St. today.  So I then looked at what was happening in New York City today when it came to toxic water remediation efforts.  The Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek are both heavily contaminated waterways that have been declared Superfund sites by the EPA and are undergoing remediation.  Before industrialization contaminated the waterways  they were used by the early inhabitants as fresh water sources for agriculture.  I wondered what would happen if we needed to rely on the waters to cultivate food today.  So I built the sculpture as a functional hydroponic system and created an experiment to test the ability to grow wheatgrass.  The video content was created from on-site projection mapping installations at both the canal and creek.


March 2018, February 2019, October 2019 | Spring Break Art Fair, 222 Bowery,  The World Bank

In September 2017 category 4 Hurricane Irma decimated where I was living in the Florida Keys.  When we came back to recover our house I was immediately drawn to the aesthetics of the wreckage.  Beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  The transformation from lush tropical paradise to a brown, twisted file of junk was shocking.  I began going out every night and projection mapping the debris piles and wrecked houses.  I learned that after a major storm the media attention moves on quickly while the people continue to recover for months and years.  My photos became a way to keep the recovery in the public consciousness.  I started to sell prints as a way to raise money for local charities.  The project was picked up by the Miami New Times and WNYC.  When I heard the theme for the Spring Break Art Show was “A Stranger Comes to Town” I knew I had a great idea for the concept.  I decided to recreate one of my street installations in the gallery.  I collected some of the debris and drove it from the Florida Keys into Times Square New York City.  The projection video tells the story of the coming storm, the storm, the evacuation and the recovery.  The screen paintings were based on indigenous mythology, storm data and personal photography from my experience.  The piece was exhibited as part of my solo show at 222 Bowery and also at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington DC as part of The Art of Resilience.