Put-Ons (2019)

Remixing a practice that has involved shapes, silhouettes, and symbols with the t-shirt format I use in my apparel brand experiment Custom Flotilla, the objects in the “Put-Ons” series reveal, disguise, and perform. They are flat sculptures/assemblages made of thin plywood and fabric, paint, gold leaf, fishing net, found artwork, and more. Each one is named after a song and, like a song, creates a self-contained world where object and viewer can try on an idea or emotion, or put on an attitude or a persona. They form an exciting bridge from my conceptual work to a new, material-first approach. They have stepped into the Superman phone booth as representations and emerged as identities, turning the cultural symbol of the t-shirt inside-out.

To hear the songs the pieces are named after, go to the Spotify playlist “Put-Ons at NIAD“.

The fourteen pieces in this series (that have been made so far) were exhibited at NIAD Art Center, Richmond, Calif., in June 2019.

Tiger Tiger

White Rabbit

Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine

Oh! You Pretty Things

Logan Rock Witch

Logan Rock Witch

Logan Rock Witch

I Am the Graves of the ’80s

I Am the Graves of the ’80s

Factory

Ghost Dance

Mollusc In Tyrol

The Thinner the Air

Feel

Feel (detail)

At Home He’s A Tourist

Notwo

The Chase Is Better Than the Catch