AboutI am a visual artist. I have worked as a designer, maker, carpenter, truck driver, and busboy. My first job was mowing lawns in a cemetery. My work has been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale, Art Basel Miami, MASS MoCA, Collaborative projects include Columbus on Trial,Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, NY. Darkened Waters: Portrait of an Oil Spill, Oakland Museum and Smithsonian Museum. In the Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art, UPenn Humanities Forum. Grants: The Puffin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Friends of Urban Art and Culture and The Marmite Prize, London UK.
I also teach at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. My course: The Global Design Studio, Past, Present, Future is a graduate seminar that explores the history of design and its social, political and cultural impact on the world in which we live. Students analyze historical precedents and make projections regarding the responsibilities and challenges facing designers in the future.
EducationSan Francisco Art Institute, MFA program: (withdrew)
San Francisco Academy of Art – BFA cum laude: painting program
MERU – Seelisburg, Switzerland
Art Students’ League of New York.
School of Visual Arts – New York, NY
Work Shared in CORE
ProjectsOrigin: The World Peace Project (wpp) began in the early 1970’s by addressing a growing concern over the rapid institutionalization of art and culture. As a clandestine engagement it uses cultural, corporate, and religious settings to explore the space that remains after personal experience is turned into private property.
Practice: The wpp is a series of individual and group performances involving ancient rites used traditionally for enlivening life-supporting changes in the individual, communal, and natural environments. Procedures include oral recitation, yogic flying and meditation.
Design: Nothing about the wpp was ever documented. There are no photos, and no films; nothing to be otherwise enshrined. There is nothing for sale. With no formal value, it holds only the value given it by another. This project is an ongoing engagement that has been performed worldwide for 46 years
MembershipsRichmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA. Theater Bay Area, San Francisco, CA.
Visual Aid, San Francisco, CA. Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA. Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Art Students League of New York. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA. Fractured Atlas, New York, NY. South End Rowing Club, San Francisco, CA. Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK