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Justinian's Oculus / Glasstress 2021
Justinian's Oculus / Glasstress 2021

Justinian's Oculus 33' x 33" x 4" Cast Lead Crystal This is my second pandemic, as I have lived through the AIDS crisis. So many souls have been lost to both. Strange that the mind will forget so much of what only this moment has passed, and yet hold crystal clear the memory of what happened years ago...of men and women long since dead . Yet who can say what is real and what is not? Can I believe my friends are gone when their voices are still whispering into my ears every night.

Justinian's Oculus / Glasstress 2021
Justinian's Oculus / Glasstress 2021

Justinian's Oculus 33' x 33" x 4" Cast Lead Crystal This is my second pandemic, as I have lived through the AIDS crisis. So many souls have been lost to both. Strange that the mind will forget so much of what only this moment has passed, and yet hold crystal clear the memory of what happened years ago...of men and women long since dead . Yet who can say what is real and what is not? Can I believe my friends are gone when their voices are still whispering into my ears every night.

Justinian's Oculus
Justinian's Oculus

Justinian's Oculus 33' x 33" x 4" Cast Lead Crystal This is my second pandemic, as I have lived through the AIDS crisis. So many souls have been lost to both. Strange that the mind will forget so much of what only this moment has passed, and yet hold crystal clear the memory of what happened years ago...of men and women long since dead . Yet who can say what is real and what is not? Can I believe my friends are gone when their voices are still whispering into my ears every night.

Justinian's Oculus
Justinian's Oculus

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Proposal for Glasstress 2022
Proposal for Glasstress 2022

with Michael Janis

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Glasstress

Glasstress is a project by Adriano Berengo to further his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass

Artists of all disciplines from sculptors to musicians have been invited to collaborate with the maestros in creating art in glass. Glasstress, a showcase of this collaboration of craft and creativity, has forged a new trajectory for glass and a new path for contemporary artists.

Visions of Versailles
Visions of Versailles

32 x 32 x 5 Glass, Cast Poly-Vitro, Gold Plating, Electronics I wanted to make a piece that felt as if it could have been removed right from the walls of Versialles.

Visions of Versailles - detail
Visions of Versailles - detail
Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring

32 x 32 x 4 Collaboration with Kathleen Elliot

Rites of Spring - detail
Rites of Spring - detail
Bodhissatva Of Compassion
Bodhissatva Of Compassion

Cast Objects, Mirrors, Leds 4ft x 4ft x 10in. A large piece you can almost step into 🙂 It signifies one that has achieved total enlightenment, but chooses not to ascend and stays behind to help others. Some thought Mother Teresa was one of these. Here, I honor those people...

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Infinite Worlds -2

I try to entice the viewer to look deeply into my frame of environments. My works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space. There is an intimacy created by viewing deeply into a circular opening, as if peering through a portal to another reality. This also gives me a chance to examine social issues with this format.

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

6ft x 9ft cast glass wall The complexity of mans interaction with nature has always been both constructive and destructive. Human beings are a social species that relies on communication and cooperation to survive and thrive. Understanding how and why cooperation succeeds or fails is integral to solving the many global challenges we face.

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
All Nature Is A Reflection of Time
All Nature Is A Reflection of Time

6ft x 6ft Cast Glass wall

Traces of Memory
Traces of Memory

6ft x 9ft x1in Cast Glass and Steel

Home and Hearth
Home and Hearth

4ft x 5ft cast glass wall

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Walls Of Wonder

Collaborations with Michael Janis

Cast glass walls using the deep relief dry plaster casting technique. We see these walls as stories. Each wall is a novel, each tile a chapter. Each wall tells a different story.

Neo, Marcus and Milo and Josephine
Neo, Marcus and Milo and Josephine

Collaboration with Lucy Lyon 36 x 14 x 14 each Cast Glass, Steel, Mirror, LEDs

Neo
Neo

Collaboration with Lucy Lyon 36 x 14 x 14 Cast Glass, Steel, Mirror, LEDs

Josephine
Josephine

Collaboration with Lucy Lyon 36 x 14 x 14 each Cast Glass, Steel, Mirror, LEDs

Marcus and Milo
Marcus and Milo

Collaboration with Lucy Lyon 36 x 14 x 14 Cast Glass, Steel, Mirror, LEDs

Sideshow Love
Sideshow Love

9 x 9 x 18 Cast Glass, Poly-Vitro, Mirror, Steel, LEDs Who doesn't love a double headed chicken?

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Victorian Techno-Fetishist Shrines 

At first glance these forms look normal, yet upon further examination each has something out of balance with nature. They seem to be encased in specimen cases from the 19th century. As if someone from the future wants to remember how close we came to the brink years before. I see these as talismans of sorts, their very existence staving off or delaying a future where nature starts to break down.

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voila.swinhart.tate
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voila.det.1
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Communications

Collaborations with Teri Swinhart

The beauty of communication takes many forms. These sign language pieces are beautiful to me. I learn to appreciate that beauty whilec watching plays at Galludet University.

Queer Beginnings 1896 to 1933
Queer Beginnings 1896 to 1933

Cast Glass, Video 24 x 24 x 3 Images of queer intimacy were infrequently found a century ago. Here are a few that survived. So seemingly innocent at the time. But taking that Victorian sensibility and using the technology and values of today, we see how important these few images were to that culture and the sweetness carries through...a full century later, even if unintended at the time.

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Sacred Heart of Mercy
Sacred Heart of Mercy

18h x 10w, blown glass and silvering Dedicated to AIDS hospice workers, the toughest job on earth.

We Rose Up
We Rose Up

36 x 36 x 4 Cast Objects, Alluminum, LEDs This piece, because it is an endless mirror, creates a space that has never existed before and is not a real space in this dimension. That means I can claim this space as my own with its own set of reality. Only in the viewers mind does this space hold form. I hope anyone who views this with its countless images of positive souls will see those they lost peering out at them, finally visible again in this imagined space. Seen and not forgotten....

We Rose Up - Detail
We Rose Up - Detail
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Queer Glass

30 years of Craft Activism

Work dealing with gender identity, societal and political issues, loss and memory. I started making these works in the 90's during the AIDS pandemic. They have continued till the current times. These are some of the closest pieces to my heart.

Mrs. Dalloway - Day
Mrs. Dalloway - Day

Aluminum, Mirror, Cast Objects, LEDs 32 x 32 x 4

Mrs. Dalloway - Day detail2
Mrs. Dalloway - Day detail2
Mrs. Dalloway - Night
Mrs. Dalloway - Night

Aluminum, Mirror, Cast Objects, LEDs 32 x 32 x 4

Mrs. Dalloway - Night detail1
Mrs. Dalloway - Night detail1
The Search-detail
The Search-detail
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Eyewitnesses of Infinity

 

I try to entice the viewer to look deeply into my frame of environments. My works create an optical and bodily illusion of infinity through apparent limitless space. There is an intimacy created by viewing deeply into a circular opening, as if peering through a portal to another reality. This also gives me a chance to examine social issues with this format.

My Secret Blue Lover
My Secret Blue Lover

42 x 42 x 2 Cast Poly-Vitro, Automotive Paint, Video

The Midnight Lover
The Midnight Lover

42 x 42 x 2 Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Video, Leds

Sunset Lover
Sunset Lover

42 x 42 x 2 Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Video

Cameo Secret Lover
Cameo Secret Lover

42 x 42x 2 Cast Poly-Vitro, Glass, Video

Golden Protector
Golden Protector

16 x 16 x 4 Video and plated frame

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Opulent Surveillances and Protectors

 

Video cameras have transformed the way we as a society see the need to reduce threat and the need to maintain privacy simultaneously. Heavy ornamentalism in this body of work veils the underlying seriousness of the fact that all of our actions are under surveillance of some kind. All our economics are registered by unseen computer systems. 

This work reassures us that there is normalcy in concern. This reminds us that we as a culture are undergoing change at an alarming rate, but that we are doing it as a community. This work fights the false optimism of commercial society, but not without reminding us that we are united in Orwellian defiance.

 

Queer Beginnings
Queer Beginnings

Cast Poly-Vitro, Video 24 x 24 x 3 Images of queer intimacy were infrequently found a century ago. Here are a few that survived. So seemingly innocent at the time. But taking that Victorian sensibility and using the technology and values of today, we see how important these few images were to that culture and the sweetness carries through...a full century later, even if unintended at the time.

She Goes Walking after Midnight
She Goes Walking after Midnight

16"rd. Cast Poly-Vitro, Video

I See How Far I've Traveled
I See How Far I've Traveled

16"rd. Cast Poly-Vitro, Video

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Moving Paintings

 

Exploring Victorian portraiture with 21st century materials and technologies allows me to embrace my Victorian Techno-Fetishism in pieces that reference Jules Verne and other past great artists and authors. This allows the viewer to explore them in contemporary ways.