2001, what got me in

Late fall, 2001, in Sacramento, California, USA, I applied to the graduate program at the University of California at Davis.  I had a set of slides shot by Izzy Schwartz…

I was accepted to the program.

Half way through the program I combined the slides, all the actual pieces in the slides, and all the support materials that were part of the application packet into 1 artwork entitled, WHAT GOT ME IN…

Currently, they are in BOX #3…here.

1998, studio

1998, studio, Florida Room, Buchanan Road, San Carlos Park, Fort Myers, Florida, USA.

ISJWTBAM(SICDGTAHP) was not yet.

Illustration fully ditched, fine art fully committed to.

Intuitively making things while very consciously determining a definition of fine art.

Shift focus from 2-d to 3-d.

Shift from consumer to non-consumer.

Overwhelming feeling of being buried by my own crap…recognition dealing with my own crap would be critical somehow in my art.

Developing views/philosophy on teaching (taught 2 classes, basic design/drawing/painting, per semester at local community college from 1996-2000).

look but do not touch

At the end of the first year of grad school at UC Davis in the summer of 2003 I changed studios, from a dark dank smallish space to a largish airy skylit space.

It was at that point that I realized I was working on an all-encompassing on-going artwork…a box was no longer only a box, a single ‘finished’ artwork was no longer just that…it all was 1 artwork made of artworks made of artworks made of artworks.

I intuitively situated all my stuff into the new space and called it an installation.  I left it that way for 24 hours with the door wide open with a sign stating ‘look, but do not touch’.  As far as I know no one saw it.