BENJO17 mfg is a company created to bid on major public works projects. Benjo almost always gets the contract, because BENJO always presents the lowest bid. BENJO’s ability to cut corners is nonpareil.
Anchor Mend is a company created to winnow the defective qualities of disappointing fabrication. Anchor Mend’s mission statement: economics, not necessarily choice or taste, must dictate the aesthetic.
Coffee is an everyday commodity presented in the iconic, mass produced disposable cup. It is a frail item folks commonly see littered throughout our society.
However, when I reconstruct it by casting it from concrete, the cup becomes a solid, three dimensional piece that references sculpture. It lends some similarity to a ready-made; however, it is not a mechanical reproduction. Craftsmanship has been inflicted upon it, and it is now an artisanal reproduction.
It is still mimetic, possessing a reference or a debt to imitation; but it is no longer mass produced but a boutique ready-made if you will. It is a contradiction by being unique individually, yet still being demoted as not unique among other coffee cups. It can be formally contained, displayed, and documented by installing it on a shelf in a room in San Francisco, or by taking a photograph of it in front of an historical building in Berlin.
My sculptures enable me to interpret my perception of the influence of humanity on the enviroment, and disparities regarding wealth in society. I work with a variety of materials such as wood, aluminum, and steel; but mainly I use concrete.
Concrete can suggest architecture, nature, the figurative, and the abstract. Concrete displays a variety of characteristics in its various states. It is liquid, then solid. It is weak, then strong. It ebbs, it flows, it melds, it fluctuates, until it does not. The molds I create to contain the concrete, may be pliable or solid; but they always influence the concrete that inhabits them. I derive inspiration directly from the peculiar qualities inherent in each concrete pour. After the concrete has cured, and I have removed the mold, the liberated concrete portrays a porous rawness one might find in nature. I perceive this as a metaphor for the raw crudeness and gruff coarseness of the footprint humankind stomps on society. I strive to bridge asperity and form, and to encourage the resulting piece to retain a subliminal reference to design or architecture, but also to the human form, and nature.
B.A., University of California Santa Cruz
Post Baccalaureate Visual Arts, U.C. Berkeley Extension
M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
-Going Back to an Old Inquiry: Language and Art, Schafer Gallery, 2019
-Recovecos III, Fort Mason Center, 2019
-Group Show, Mutally Assured, Schafer Gallery, San Francisco, 2019
-Recovecos II, Fort Mason Center, 2019
– Recovecos, Fort Mason Center, 2019
-Root Division, MFA Now, artist talk and catalogue, 2019
-Group Show, Alive In Strange Lands, Diego Rivera Gallery, 2018
-Group Show, Reflections, Swell Gallery, SFAI, 2018
-Group Show, Shadows, Swell Gallery, SFAI, 2018
-Group Show, Frida’s Moustache, Diego Rivera Gallery SFAI, 2017
– Group Show, Drawn To Line, UCBX Gallery, (San Francisco) 2016
– Group Show, (3×3), UCBX Gallery, (San Francisco) 2015
-Group Show, Dis/Order Juried Annual Pro Arts, (Oakland)2013
-Group Show, Crowne Plaza Hotel,2012
– Group Show, Signs of Our Times, Gallery 651, 2012
-Group Show, Crowne Plaza Hotel (Concorde) 2011
– Group Show, Gallery 651 (Martinez) 2011
-Group Show, Richmond Art Center (Richmond) 2011
-Group Show,The Budget Gallery (San Francisco) 2004
-Group Show, Anti Gallery (San Francisco) 2003-2009
-Miscellaneous non-compliant, cast concrete installations in California, New York, New Jersey, Houston, Portland, Seattle, D.C., Paris, and Berlin + 2001- present