Empire 2000 (0bservations) @ Cellspace
Collaboration with artist Scott McCloud that took place over the course of a month in May of 2000
Tensions were high at the time in San Francisco. Scott was facing eviction from the rising costs of housing due to the Dot-Com-boom, many owner move-in evictions took place in order to evict tenets with rent control. Rents skyrocketed, and many artists were displaced. Scott started the installation by drawing on the walls city blocks and maps and I would counter this sentiment on the floors and walls with 3 dimensional response.
I created a grid like city of sand castles, mandala with a Buddha holding an apple representing sin. The milk I had placed was curdled and the honey had been stolen. As a ritual exorcise I placed elements of previous sculptures into the silicon landscape. I used prescription vials containing the compost from my floral pieces of 1994, aged and vintage to unwrap the strangle greed had on the city. The installation progressed to be enveloped by mandala like shapes of grass throughout and leaping outside the gallery. As we know, castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.