CEO Stagecoach, 2010
converted HUMMER H2, leather, steel and chrome, 86" x 84" x 120"
There is a term in archeology known as anastylosis, defined as: the archeological reassembly of ruined monuments from fallen or decayed fragments, incorporating new materials when necessary. This is very close to a description of how I see my work, except that I often do this process in reverse. I take monuments or symbols and break them down into fragments, incorporate some new material and put them back together as objects that confront issues critical to contemporary society.
Like an archeologist these works are carefully researched with elements excavated from disparate places in geography, time and memory, then reinterpreted and reassembled as highly crafted objects that carry an underlying sense of decay. I very much believe in the necessity of art as a way to understand the world and like Ernst Ficher that "art in a decaying society, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay."
Futurama Series - Destylosis of a monument to power and wealth.
For this series I took a working HUMMER H2, cut it in half and reassembled the pieces as a working stagecoach. The idea is based off the Hoover Carts of the Great Depression where after the stock market crash of 1929 people were no longer able to make payments on their newly financed cars, or buy fuel or tires, so the cars sat idol. In the rural American south the solution became to cut the car in half and hitch it up to a horse. The resulting contraptions became known as Hoover Carts after American President Hoover who was blamed for the depression.
Built during the height of the current recession, the CEO Stage Coach not only references financial collapse, but also our reliance on a consumption based oil economy, environmental neglect, and questions the idea of modernity and progress.