Hilarious War, 2013
Awards: Fine Art - Gold, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 50th annual Student Exhibition:
Philip J. Steele Gallery, Lakewood CO
Having spent several years working as an in-the-field EMT, I've seen plenty of death up close. Almost anyone working within a 911 system has a morbid sense of humor, and it's easy to see why.
In order to survive the awful things you see and hear day to day, you have to laugh it off. This removal of innocence is necessary for those regularly dealing with high-stress situations, but I believe it's becoming a new standard for the general public.
Although movies and television are saturated with hyper-realistic portrayals of death, the use of an actual fatality or serious injury in art is very taboo. Real death is always portrayed by mainstream media as a somber event, while simultaneously it's known full-well that it sells. I wanted to push the boundary of what could be visually digested by the viewer, without causing them to immediately look away.
The primary goal of this piece is to invoke a conversation.
Details: 1' 19" - Appropriated video montage - multiple sources including Youtube.com, Liveleak.com and Archive.org - Rights belong to the United States Armed Forces and Public Domain. Soundtrack - multiple laugh sequences from freesound.org
Now he considers the true nature of diamonds - 2016
Inspired by the title sequence from Enter The Void and Margaret Atwood's novel The Blind Assassin
"An ex-professor once told him he had a diamond-hard intellect and he'd been flattered at the time. Now he considers the true nature of diamonds. Although sharp and glittering and useful for cutting glass, they shine with reflected light only. They're no use at all in the dark."
30 Second Film - 2012
Shown in the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design 50th Annual Student Exhibition
Philip J. Steel Gallery, Lakewood CO
1 Minute Video - 2012
Elegy for the Living - I. Cuckoo - 2012
During my days as an EMT, one thing I struggled with was what, if anything, I should say to unresponsive geriatric patients who I was transporting to hospice. The idea that this would be their last ride, and one of the final few private moments they shared with someone - in the back of my ambulance.
I related this to a good friend of mine who agreed to write something for me to say. Based on the idea of a psychopomp, creatures who help guide you into death, he wrote a 5 part series called Elegy for the Living. This is the first part of that series: Cuckoo
The clock blinks four a.m. in orange
It happens every night.
It doesn’t care if you sleep sound
Or toss and turn in fright.
This is the hour of the cuckoo;
The grey hour, when headlights scatter shadows
Through venetian blinds to dance across the wall.
The moon has been veiled by clouds.
The house creaks and settles. Sighing.
And you’re old enough to know
Nothing will come creeping out your closet
With reaching hands and pointy teeth.
In the grey hour, when nothing is really real
It’s easy enough to whisper “No.”
To tell yourself that this is not really happening.
The clock blinks four am in orange
And this is what it means:
It doesn't care if you can’t sleep
Or have untroubled dreams.
Standard Friday - 2012
This video is a mash up of Black Friday sales events here in the USA, and the Greek Athens Riots happening throughout 2012. In one, people are rioting and angry over the economic climate, where our generational peers are facing a 50% unemployment rate and fighting just to eat. In the other, we are fighting to spend needlessly.