WRESTED SPECTRE, 2019, cast concrete,wood, steel, paper, brass
Concrete suggests architecture and nature, the figurative, and the abstract. It ebbs, it flows, it melds, it fluctuates, until it does not. Sometimes the molds I create are fluid, sometimes solid; but they always remain a significant influence to the concrete that is delivered inside. The mold becomes the boundary which reigns in the otherwise arbitrary material. It is within the confines of the still-impressionable mold that the concrete performs. Every cubic centimeter of concrete adds weight to the mold, so I cannot tolerate casualness, yet must tolerate willfulness from the concrete. I must consider all possibilities from every angle, instructing the concrete to remain just so until it cures, yet allowing for the possibility that, in the end, it has a powerful will of its own.
U.C.S.C. Professors Reyner Banham and Fred Hunnicutt instilled in me a respect for the history and importance of this medium. Their tutelage inspired me to design the technique and method with which I instruct the concrete. My aesthetic and inspiration come directly from the peculiar qualities inherent in concrete as a medium.
Using my preferred technique, I try to encourage liberated concrete to portray a porous rawness, as a metaphor for the crudeness and coarseness reflected in the gruffness of urban life, buildings, and nature. I aspire to bridge asperity and form, in hopes that the resulting piece retains a subconscious reference to design and architecture, but also to the human form and nature.