Trashy Selfies (2017 - Ongoing)
Posing the cheeky question of how our relationships with the creative content we consume affect our desires of consumption, Trashy Selfies explores the "art selfie" in a way that simultaneously pokes fun at the importance of artwork and the constant demand for new content that is readily shareable. In this new economy of art, how long will it be before all that is left to share is the waste of consumerism?
multi-channel virtual video installation w/ audio, 1 min 28 sec
Views was produced while at Momo Studio Residency in Wuxi, China. In the same vein as, Is This Meme Art , Views uses video that is considered by the artist to be “digital garbage”. The artist used live-streaming apps such as Inke as well as video stories from wechat, instagram, and snapchat feeds. The sound for the video was created by sampling over-compressed audio from viral videos and video memes. Finally, the artist takes these videos and renders them in a virtual space to emulate the neural response of dopamine feedback loops while being engaged with social media.
Get Your Views; Is this Meme Art? (2019)
digital prints on fabric and multi-channel video installation w/ audio, 1 min 28 sec
In 2019, the Rotterdam International Film Festival held an exhibition and film screening of works inspired by internet memes. The full program was entitled, Rabbit Hole. The exhibition part of the program, Meme Café, was held in Het Niuewe Institut and featured Views and Is This Meme Art? reinterpreted into one single installation piece specifically for the festival. The documentation video of this installation can be found in the second video down.
Is This Meme Art?
2017 digital mixed media
In this series the artist explores current internet culture aesthetics and their relationships with modern art. The artist has used “digital garbage” - screenshots, personal photos, and unused selfies. Incorporating popular meme aesthetics with grammatically incorrect phrases, company logos, and like/subscribe buttons, the artist humorously questions the power of consumerism values in the post internet age.
BTMATS - (2016 - Ongoing)
Optical prints from color negatives, 18 x 12
The photo series, Between the Mountains and the Sea (BTMATS), is aimed at obfuscating the lines between privacy and surveillance while documenting the dying breed of the unaccompanied motorist utilizing the fading medium of film photography.
The polycentric land use patterns in Los Angeles might not equate to a major metropolitan city were it not for the extensive network of freeways connecting the sprawling geographical landscape. As people go to and from work - or wherever else they might be braving rush hour traffic to get to - they do so along with millions of others every day. In contrast, for the unaccompanied motorist, this may be the only time (or at least the largest period) spent in solitude. The irony of this dichotomy in a time of exponential hyper-connectivity is the basis of exploration for this series that strives to bring out the subtleties of our human nature in ways that are inherently relatable.