I spent my elementary school years in rural Ohio, in a big pile of animal parts. My best friend's dad had a VCR with only three VHS tapes, one of which was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was my favorite, and not just because the fictional events took place on the day I was born. There's a scene in it where one of the nubile victims stumbles into a room strewn with bones—mostly animal—at once terrifying and rustic in the yellow Texas sun. Not to be outdone, my friend and I discovered a boneyard ourselves while roaming a nearby farm, harvesting a few cow skulls that we cleaned with bleach. There was also this fur dealer who lived in a hovel, just past the creek. In our only encounter, I watched this man enthusiastically carve out the heart of a fox and hand it to me. (I had asked for the organ to use in a third-grade science project.) But even that experience didn't prepare me to find a severed blue eye staring back at me from the mailbox. Lowering the door of the box, I found the milky, apple-sized sphere suspended in a jar of formaldehyde. Turns out this horse eyeball was a gift from our veterinarian, who had already noticed my peculiar predilection. Pressing my memory for other seminal experiences involving animal entrails, I come up empty. But I do remember my friend telling me that his dad had a fourth videotape. Adult cartoons.
Artist Bio / CV
1973 Cincinnati, Ohio
1998 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1995 Miami University, Oxford, OH
2013 Contrariwise, 101/exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Bleeding Afro, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Spatial Perversions, The New School, New York, NY
2009 Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
2008 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
2008 Silver Shed Miami, Pool Art Fair, Miami, FL
2008 Avatar Atavistic, Vaudeville Park, New York, NY
2008 It's Not Easy, Exit Art, New York, NY
2008 Surreal Naiveté, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, NY
2008 Digital with Monument, Silver Shed, New York, NY
2008 Works on Paper Benefit, Cuchifritos Gallery / Project Space, New York, NY
2007 purspace, New York, NY
2006 The Way of All Flesh, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY
2006 Salon de Expace, AG Gallery, New York, NY
2006 “Goings on About Town: Galleries–Chelsea: ‘The Way of All Flesh,’” The New Yorker, December 25, 2006 & January 1, 2007.
1997 Scott Rothkopf, “Breaking the Mold: VES Show at the Carpenter Exhibits Sophisticated Student Work,” The Harvard Crimson, December 12, 1997.