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wall drawing

Added on by Jourdan.
Last week we were setting up the student gallery, and naturally, being the beginning of the semester, there wasn't much work to be seen. My professor Herb had me rework the piece I designed for Redux last winter for the space, but there were still a number of blank walls. He was explaining to my classmate, Catherine (I wish she had a website for me to link because she's doing some really great stuff), that the student gallery should be a place for us to play, to experiment... and of course that got me thinking. It's something I've been wanting to explore for a while now. A new way of working more quickly and more intuitively. I like to think it's the start of something...

The material I used is a polyethylene foam insulation. I had a roll of it hanging around the work pad all summer at Franconia, so I'm excited to finally put it to use. Cheap, clean, and easy to work with. And every bit as yummy and fleshy as the the toxic variety. Gotta love it.
Installation shot... see my Situation Ossification in the background.

WALK Gallery Installation

Added on by Jourdan.
Just a few weeks ago I was contacted by Max Miller, the fantastic local painter and just extremely nice dude, about being a part of WALK Gallery. WALK is a new Charleston organization that puts art in empty storefronts along Charleston's main shopping street, King St. Their website describes it as "a win:win for all — visibility for local artists, increased visual appeal, interest on the street, and a means to enhance available space." Not a bad idea, huh?

So I was, and still am, beyond thrilled to have this opportunity! I could not have asked for a better space to work with. It's huge! Just how I like it! It will be up until mid-September... and if I'm lucky, perhaps a bit longer...?! So if you find yourself strolling along upper King, keep your eye out for this monster that lives in 501 King! It's not too hard to miss.

August 2009

wooden panels covered in lots of manipulated carpet padding... nearly 10,000 staples were used!
approximately 13 ft wide and 10 ft tall

(this photo was taken before it was entirely finished... I have since closed the central hole in some more... But I think I like it better like this...)

Adit Anew

Added on by Jourdan.
Some further adventures with carpet padding... wanted to take it a step further and create a space with the material. Ideally, I would have liked to have lined the walls (and ceiling, of course) of some kind of slightly cramped existing thoroughfare, but suitable spaces were limited. I chose instead to construct my own hallway, designed specifically for a spot in CofC's Simons Center for the Arts. It went at the top of a turning staircase... it was unexpected... unavoidable... exactly what I was going for.

March 2009

As you can see, it's rather large. I am forever indebted to all those who aided in the installation/de-installation of the piece... especially to my incredibly encouraging and ridiculously accommodating professor, Jarod Charzewski. We had the pleasure (??) of installing it once, for our class critique, and then a second time, for the Halsey Gallery's 2009 Young Contemporaries, the annual juried CofC student show.

Read about it here... on the Charleston City Paper's website.

I was thrilled that the piece was going to get to live for another month, the duration of the show, but was unfortunately informed just days after the opening that that wasn't going to be the case. Apparently carpet padding is a highly flammable material... and the placing of my piece was in "direct violation" of the fire code. Imagine that. It was promptly moved.

It was beyond repair. I shed a few tears. But oh well... I'm recovering. At least I got some prize money from the show!

There's a chance you may be seeing a resurrected version of Adit Anew in the near future... will keep you posted...

4ft x 8ft x 8ft tunnel constucted with 2x4's and covered with drywall

Confounded Foundations

Added on by Jourdan.
This is my first carpet padding piece... The material caught my eye in Home Depot, and I simply had to have it, for I immediately had an image of what I wanted to do with it. I carted 2 big rolls of it around in the the back of my car for the greater part of my senior year of high school, but it wasn't until the end of my 1st year at college that I finally figured out how to make it do what I wanted it to do. I like to think it's the first of many.

April 2008

2ft x 2ft wooden panels covered in manipulated carpet padding