Traveling with an 8” x 10” large-format view camera throughout the United States, this long-term project investigates personal and collective Utopias that challenge and reflect the current concepts of science, artifact, environment, and indexical code using the framework of the Cold War-era rocket ship playgrounds.
I question the paralleling ideology behind the symbolic solidarity of the iconic rocket structure remains and the ever-evolving landscape of people who simultaneously hold close the concept of hope while reduced to existing in survival mode in country that currently resembles a science fiction reality, shaped and structured by catastrophic events and political agendas and outcomes. I have continued to return to many of the towns and regions where the 25 foot/8 meter rocket structures still exist working as a archaeologist making visual field notes of environmental and social signifiers that contribute to the oscillating narratives of my civilization attempting a sustainable existence in which the typology encompasses. This selection of photographs is from the first volume of work spanning three presidential administrations beginning with G. W. Bush, continuing through Obama ,and concluding within the election year of 2020.


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Existing between the technological sublime and memento mori these individual hand-built sculptures replicating the Cold War-era rocket ships that appear in the accompanying photographic series are constructed with paper, balsa, metal, and acrylic paint. Rather than assuming the comportment of precise architectural models they function as ritualistic sequels. Long after experiencing and documenting them in situ, I built them from the photographs during a time when the pandemic dictated I remain in my apartment in one of the hardest hit areas of the island of Manhattan. One by one, I transitioned to photographing the sculptures in my studio at home on a velvet lined stage with expired 8” x 10” film meant for the outdoors. With the last exposed sheet of film crashing down in the processing tank and left in the developer for too long, 16 images emerged rather than the intended 17 and the project revealed its completed state as a set of artifacts.

The diorama - theaters are presented in a dark room where the only visible light appears through photographic paper creating an idealized enviroment of a star-filled sky devoid of light pollution. The theaters contain hand built replicas of the playground structures found in the landscapes from the "Rocket Science" documentary series.
Constructed of photographic paper, metal, polymer, paint, paper, found elements from nature, and fluorescent bulbs.
These dioramas appeared in the exhibiton "to:Night" curated by Joachim Pissarro, Mara Hoberman, and Julia Moreno which coincided with the exhibtion "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Click here to read more about the exhibition "to:Night"

These diorama - theaters are presented in a dark room where the only visable light appears from a star-filled sky devoid of light pollution. The theaters contain hand built model replicas of the playground structures found in the landscapes from the "Rocket Science" documentary series.
Constructed of wood, metal, branches, twigs, clay, paper, paint, plastic, and fluorescent bulbs. With many of the finished works I have included the original chacoal sketch.