About

Statement

I am a multi-disciplinary artist who plays with language and signifiers to look at how humans create meaning and social structures.

As most of us do, I live in cultural, political, linguistic, and economic systems that I didn’t invent but which I can influence. In my art practice, I try to exercise freedom and realize potential—while fostering human connection—by using, subverting, and reinventing the language and signs that are the extensions of those systems. My work often uses humor and the absurd to short-circuit rationality so that forms and ideas can be experienced and felt anew.

A good example of my diverse practice is “The Corporation”. It explored corporate culture and aesthetics in a wide-ranging exhibition with over 120 works of video, photography, sound art, propaganda posters, sculptures, interactive pieces, t-shirts, and paintings. A 64-page book includes photographs taken in offices and warehouses, haiku written during meetings, digital collages, office humor, and more.

CV

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Selected Exhibitions & Projects

 

2020

Untitled installation, 18 Albany Contemporary, Oakland, Calif. (solo)

2019

Imperial Services residency, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, Calif.
Hands & Pants, Faultline, Oakland, Calif.
Put-Ons, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, Calif. (solo)
Daddy’s Books, The Drury Gallery at Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vt.

2018

Future Perfect, Plexus Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Imagining Post-Capitalism, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2017-present

“Your Name Here, Vol. 2”, a participatory web and print art project collecting invented band names.

2017

The Corporation, The Compound Gallery, Emeryville, Calif. (solo)
Turing’s Echo, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2015-present

Custom Flotilla, lifestyle brand: t-shirts, posters, and stickers.

2015

Hands and Pants VI, Faultline Art Space, Oakland, Calif.
Selections from the Collection of Dan Nelson and Lexa Walsh, Wall Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2014

Hands and Pants V, MOCO Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2013

Hands and Pants IV, 63 Bluxome Street Gallery, SF, Calif.

2012

Origins and Futures, public intervention, Portland, OR (solo)

2011

Tall Tales: Collaborative Projects, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2010

The Origin and Future of the Blood, Swee[t]art Drawing Gallery, Oakland, Calif. (solo)

2009-2017

Make an Artist a Millionaire, an effort to raise one million dollars.

2009-2016

“Your Name Here, Vol. 1”, a participatory web and print art project collecting invented band names.

2009

Regime Change, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, Calif.
From One Hand to One Mind to One Hand to Your Mind, Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburg, Calif.
object oriented, Compound Gallery, Oakland, Calif.
Heavy Hitters, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2008

Relay, The LAB, San Francisco, Calif.
140 Ways to Make a Cassette Unlistenable, The LAB, San Francisco, Calif. (solo)
Characteristics, Zza’s Enoteca, Oakland, Calif. (solo)
The LAB’s Annual Fixed Price Art Sale, The LAB, San Francisco, Calif.

2007

24 Illustrations for Schubert’s “Winter Journey”, Cricket Engine, Oakland, Calif. (solo)
Glacial Flowers in Colloidal Suspension or The Impossibility of Progress or Day After Snow, Keys That Fit, Oakland, Calif. (solo)
ICON, Hive Gallery, Oakland, Calif.
Swee[t]art group show, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, Calif.
Overhung 3: Well Hung, Boontling Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2006

Some Assembly Required, The LAB, San Francisco, Calif.
Photems (as part of “Transpose” with Steven Barich), 21 Grand, Oakland, Calif. (two-person show)
anonyme zeichner 3 [anonymous drawings 3], blütenweiss, raum für kunst, Berlin, Germany.
Transpose, 21 Grand, Oakland, Calif.
Overhung 2: Hungover, Boontling Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

 

Publications

 

2020

“Boron VII”, audio recording (as Boron), Polyfonal Records.

2019

“Hands & Pants”, [contributor] artist book of a collaborative project led by John Casey, curated and designed by Margaret Tedesco.
“The Teenage Notebooks of Morton Feldman”, in “Art Criticism & Other Short Stories”, [contributor] ed. Helen Reed, Blank Cheque Press.

2018

Death Treat catalog [co-author], Death Treat Records.

2017

The Corporation“, [author] artist book, Imperial Services Publications.
“Mirages” (as Boron and Argon), audio recording, Tymbal Tapes.

2016

Custom Flotilla, t-shirts, stickers, and posters.

2015

The Pleasure Class, “Sensual Passport”, audio recording, Plink Plonk.

2014

“Argon II” (as Argon), audio recording.

2013

“The Teenage Notebooks of Morton Feldman”, in “Art Criticism & Other Short Stories”, ed. Helen Reed.

2011

“Vicinity” (as Boron), audio recording.

2012

“The Beige Album”, audio recording (as Boron), Field Hymns.

2011

“Aria Statica”, audio recording (as Boron), Field Hymns.

2010

“Decrresscenndo”, audio recording (as Boron), Field Hymns.

2009

Word Magazine UK, “AKMB” interview/review, Oct.
GQ UK, “AKMB” review, Sept. 2009
East Bay Express, cover story about Make an Artist a Millionaire, June 3.
Chico News & Review, “AKMB” review, Jan. 15.

2008

“All Known Metal Bands”, book, McSweeney’s.
SF Bay Guardian blog, Relay show review, Nov. 4.
SF Bay Guardian, Review of 140 Ways show at the LAB, Nov. 4.
Chicago Reader, “Obsessive Completism is Totally Metal,” Sept. 10.
“AKMB” picked as one of Amazon.com’s Best of the Year So Far: Hidden Gems.
Giant Robot, “AKMB” review, July.
SFBG, “AKMB” SF release party in weekly picks, July 30.
Oakbook magazine, interview about “AKMB”, July.
7×7 magazine, June.
Rolling Stone, “AKMB” makes #4 in the weekly Top Ten, May 29.
SF Chronicle, review of Echoes of Innocence, April 15.

2007

San Francisco Chronicle, 96 Hours section, 24 Illustrations for Schubert’s “Winter Journey” interview and show preview, Aug. 30.
“All Known Metal Bands – R” [author], June/July issue of The Believer magazine.

 

Performances/Collaborations

 

2018

“The Future of Work”, part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

2013

Museum Songs Live – Take 2, Shine a Light, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore.

2011

Portland Food Cart Songs, with Lexa Walsh, Portland, Ore.

2010

“AKMB” book tour: Local Fest, Battleground, Wash.; Ash St. Saloon, Portland, Ore.; The Waypost, Portland, Ore.

“Your Name Here, Vol. 1” reading, Northern, Olympia, Wash.

2008

“AKMB” book tour: Family Books, LA; Electric Works, SF; Rowan Morrison, Oakland; Porchlight, Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, Calif.
Village Nomade Radio, audio recording, Switzerland, June 3.
Echoes of Innocence [set design], Company C Dance Co., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Calif.

2006

Dodecadiscoteca, performed at the opening reception of Some Assembly Required, The LAB, San Francisco, Calif.

2005

Mooguls screening with live synthesizer accompaniment by the artist, Fake Cake Gallery, Oakland, Calif.

 

Grants & Awards

 

2020

Safety Net Fund grant

2009

“AKMB” one of the winners of the AIGA’s (American Institute of Graphic Art) 50 Books/50 Covers award.

2008

“AKMB” picked as one of Amazon.com’s Best of the Year So Far: Hidden Gems.

“AKMB” picked by Amazon.com as one of Top 10 Editors’ Picks for Best Cover Design.

 

Collections

Morrison Library, University of California, Berkeley

AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University

 

Education

BA liberal arts, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland.