Hollow and Swell

Hollow and Swell is an exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery, September-November, 2017. The exhibition includes animated sculptures, watercolors and a projection.



Swell, 2017, 4k digital animation, 10:13

Score by Jeremy Turner

Sound Design by Owen O'Neill

Animation Assistance: Penn Eastburn


Swell is the final animation in the series inspired by Thomas Cole’s Course of Empire paintings, a project completed against the backdrop of a culture shifting from an agrarian to an industrialized way of life. Swell is a meditation on the central painting in the cycle, Consummation of Empire. It depicts a city that has grown and expanded to unprecedented heights at a time when industrialization gives way to a digital future.

The attempt to contain and control nature, an expansion that undermines the very conditions required for survival; the relentless complexity of contemporary digital life, and the wild fluctuation of water, are all themes that weave through the piece. At the heart of Swell is the labor that is the foundation of the expanding empire. At the same time, we are reminded that the artist is never outside of this cycle of expansion and in fact, plays a key role in it. 

Still from Swell, 2017, digital animation, 10:19. Still from Swell, 2017, digital animation, 10:19. 

Still from Swell, 2017, digital animation, 10:19.

Storyboard from Swell


The Price of Gold (with Nicholas Rubin), 2015-17, 3 channel digital animationanimation, 65" monitors, wood frames, hinges, players. 5:00.

 Valley, 2017, Wood, stone, animation, Ipad, cable.17"x17"x17".

Pool, 2017, Stone, animation, Ipad, cable.14"x14"x14". Park, 2017, Stone, animation, Ipad, cable.12"x12"x12".Circular Lament, 2017, Wood, animation,Ipad, cable.


Hermitage I, 2017, Watercolor on paper, 68"x46"Automaton, 2017, Watercolor on paper, 25.5" x 25.5"