found objects ranging from delicate fabrics to rusted farm tools, my
sculptures emerge from seemingly opposing elements guided together to
create a single form. Underlying each piece is the desire to give
meaningful, unified existence to inanimate matter. The works presented
in this portfolio demonstrate my learned and inherent understanding of
formal sculpture, the nuances of building with mixed media, and
creative foresight. The representational nature of the work along with
recognizable, everyday objects, intend to make the sculptures
accessible and relatable to a broad and inclusive"|
West Stockbridge Ma
“Fight or Flight”
“Art is Home II”
Curated by Gallery @ 46 Green Street Studios
East Hampton NY
Group Show //Curated
“Art Is Home”
Curated by Gallery @ 46 Green Street Studios
East Hampton NY
“Open Till Tomorrow”
“Tear along the Dotted Line”
Gallery @ 46 Green Street Studios
Pittsfield Arts Festival MA
Chatham Church NY
Solo Show in Outdoor Pavilions
Art Omi NY
Atrium of Berkshire Hall
Margaret V. Beattie Award for Excellence in Art
Berkshire School MA
|When did you first make art?|
mother and father were are both very artistic. They and put a
pencil in my hand and I could draw before I could walk. My mom is a
screen printer and a quilter and my dad was a glass blower turned
inventor. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but my mom still has my
childhood scribbles posted around her house.
When did you first realize you were an artist?
first realized I was an artist when I went to a show at the Norman
Rockwell museum and it was all collages on a white board drawn by the
artist Danny O. In my spirited youth, I thought the piece was
interactive, so I began to draw on the board as well. Immediately, I
got stopped by the guards and reprimanded by my teachers. Danny O was
called to the gallery to assess the damages, but instead of yelling at
me, he scolded my teachers for making me feel guilty about being
creative. It was a surreal scene and was one that put me on the path to
becoming an artist.
What was the first show you did?
junior year of high school at Berkshire School, I had two shows around
the same time. In one, of them I proposed a solo show in the Atrium in
Berkshire Hall of some of mostly animal sculptures that I had made at
school. Simultaneously, I had a show at Art Omi in Ghent NY, where I
had this huge nest of debris and branches in which a pelican was
nesting. It was a fresh budding body of work but the process of
organizing for art show and pursuing OMI was valuable in-and-of-itself.
Who were the people who have given you positive feedback?
from my parents and Danny O, my high school art teacher Mrs. D’Arco who
actually gave me her personal office for a sculpture studio. That
really made me grow as an art maker. It was the first real sign of
outside confirmation that what I was doing was legit. My early shows at
Berskshire School and Art OMI were exciting and stimulating and helped
me see I was on the right track. Getting accepted at art school
in Ohio Wesleyan University was a big boost too, although I knew they
wanted me for my athleticism for the lacrosse team as well. All along
the way, I’ve had wonderful patrons acquire some of my pieces and
commissioned me to make art which has been incredibly
encouraging. The year I spent working in isolation in Westbridge,
local town people would stop by my studio and view my work and provide
me with support and encouragement. The solo show “Menagerie” at
Gallery at 46 Green Street Studios in Hudson NY in 2015 was a turning
point for me. It was there that the gallery sold the bulk of my
inventory at the opening reception and I was commissioned for a large
sculpture for an Estate in Western MA. I was over the moon. From there,
my applying and gaining acceptance at School of the Art Institute of
Chicago was a dream come true. My time and experience there has
stretched me as artist, and has challenged me to become an artist at
the top of my game. The value of this experience and the support,
encouragement, evalution and positive feedback from the quality
professors and students proves to be a rich, lively and deepening
experience every day.
When did you first make a sale of a piece?
first piece I sold was a red “Lobster” sculpture that I made while in
school in Ohio. It was made with found objects and any red items that
my fraternity brothers could spare. I ended up selling it to a guy on a
motorcycle traveling through West Stockbridge. We bargained for a
couple minutes, and I was so excited that I probably let him talk me
down more than I should have.
How do you use your hands?
hands have always been my favorite tool in the studio. I tend to abuse
them a lot because the materials I’m working with have rough edges and
are non-orthodox. I feel like I can identify the essence of the object
before I recognize its overall purpose for the sculpture. The pieces
almost have a mind of their own and I am just the conduit for which
they are able to communicate their true meanings. A lot of the
materials I use are recycled so they had a previous life and now have
this incredible opportunity to be loved once again. That privilege of
giving a chance to an object, the love that is given, is usually
reciprocated in the work.
What drives you to make art?
I said, I went to school to play Division 3 Lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan
University. I had chosen to go there because of the prestigious
lacrosse team but also because the sculpture facilities were
incredible. So, there I began to live the dual life of an Athlete/
Artist. The splitting of my time eventually became too big of a
conflict and after two years my coach called me into his office to
choose between the team or the studio. It was a quick decision and I
was cleaning out my lacrosse locker. Soon after this choice, I spent
all my time in the studio filled with a new burning hunger to prove to
myself as an artist and that I’d made the right decision. As a result,
my grades slipped, so the school revoked my scholarship and I declined
to return the following year. I returned to my studio in West
Stockbridge to make art.
Talk about the winter where you were isolated making art and self-portraits.
leaving Ohio, I found myself isolated in West Stockbridge that winter
with nothing but my treasured detritus to keep me company. I started
growing a handlebar mustache and also began doing weekly self-portraits
in order to document myself as well as practice renderings. It gave me
an assignment that was unlike anything I was used to doing in the
studio. That winter I also made art like mad… building up a Menagerie
of animals among other sculptures.
Talk about your first solo show.
first solo show was Menagerie at Gallery @ 46 Green Street Studios in
Hudson New York. It was a culmination of two years worth of work and
the first true test of myself as the complete artist. It was the rush
of talking to patrons, describing my process and also taking a proud
second to appreciate the labor involved in everything behind the scenes.
Talk about your first year at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
first year at School of the Art Institute of Chicago was filled with
excitement, but it was beyond a doubt a year for me to prove to myself
that I was really cut out for this. I stayed in my room most of the
year and it became known as the “fabrication laboratory” or Fab Lab. I
had two shows in Chicago in collaboration with a clothing store
“Iridium” and I developed a great relationship with the owner and he
offered to hang on to two of my larger pieces in an effort to advertise
them for me.
Talk about your second year at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
second year marked a great growing period, I began connecting more with
professors and grad students as well as curated a show with some of my
contemporary artists at my school. I had a large-scale end-of-year show
at a new gallery called Congruent Space, it was a show shared with my
roommate, Liam Wilson. We plan on doing another show at Congruent Space
in the spring of 2018.
Talk about participating in “Art is Home” the Gallery @ 46 Green Street Studios art exhibit in the Hamptons.
is Home” was eye opening. To see that level of cooperation and
celebration of the arts under one roof was astonishing to see outside
of the traditional art system, like a school or a guild. It was
romantic in a sense that I haven’t experienced before, much like the
way a concert hall is romantic to a musician. It is a place dedicated
to appreciating art, filled with people who actually do. It was a
Talk about being represented.
am very fortunate to have been able to work with a driven team of
gentlemen who are led by my art rep/manager Dave Schwing. I have been
able to work with them over the past two years to develop a plan for
showing and for success in the future. I have had a solo show in Hudson
as well as three group shows in the Hamptons in which we found success,
all because of the energy that was behind the event and the pieces.
Talk about 2107 summer goals.
summer I have been working on my experimental projects as I have some
valuable free time away from assignments. I will be making a series of
smaller found-objects sculptures that emphasize the skills I have
collected at school. This series is much cleaner and monochromatic than
past works. The experimental works deal with deeper rooted continuous
motifs that I have found evident in works, such as bundles, harvests
and scars. The summer will culminate with a pop-up event,
“Temporality”, a solo show curated by Gallery at 46 Green Street, and
located in my hometown of West Stockbridge MA.
Talk about your goals over the next two years.
the next two years in Chicago I will be working on getting into the
more advanced residency programs like Skowhegan and others like it
around the US and the world. I will also have two more large scale
shows at the end of my junior and senior year, respectively. I would
like to work towards showing with organizations like Threewalls in
Chicago. On the technical side, I would like to invest a lot of my time
working in the kinetic realm of sculpture, breathing much anticipated
life into the works.