portfolio > Pile Driver series

I explore the ways in which humans mediate and construct environments. My landscapes depict contemporary urban environments and focus on the utilitarian space. I systematically approach old housing tracts, thoroughfares, and parking lots and document their use. These spaces tend to be temporary containers or repositories of piles of waste or unwanted materials.

A pile is an accumulation of matter: a heap of wanted or unwanted material that we push aside or move out of the way until we make a decision of it’s use. The series of typologies by Bernhard and Hilla Becher, is a theme of variations within limits determined by function. It was a theme made apparent by the Becher’s grouping of similar views of different structures built to serve the same purpose. My images can be looked at similarly. This group or “typology” of images takes on the structure of the pile, in that they are numerous individual images collected in a small space or landscape of the collection.

Instead of ignoring these piles, I face the piles head-on and present them as urban relics. These piles are "unconscious sculptures" that are created out of the guise of organization but used to fulfill the need of procrastination or control. In this series, I take on the dual role of observer and curator, presenting the object as both sculptural object and document.

Geyer Ave. @ Allen Ave.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
San Bonita Ave. @ S. Skinker Blvd.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Ethel Ave. @ Mable Ave.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Rosedale Ave. @ Cabanne Ave.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
S. Skinker Blvd. @ Southwood Ave.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
S. Big Bend Blvd. @ Warner Ave.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Carlyle Ave. @ Hwy 161 #1
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Government Dr. @ McKinley Dr.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Carlyle Ave. @ Orchard Dr.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Carlyle Ave. @ Hwy 161 #2
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
Ethel Ave. @ S. Big Bend Blvd.
Ultrachrome Print
14" x 11"
2008
installation view
Digital
2008