In 2014, I noticed in me—for whatever reason—a changing response to color. It felt like a renewed attraction. Introspecting on my own style, I observed many grays, whites, and natural tones, but not much color. I wanted to explore this refreshed interest, and thereby, hopefully bring it more into my work. At that same time, I fortunately came across the work of artist Jen Stark. As a study of color, form, material, and process, I set out to recreate a piece of hers, and as I played, these Color BOOM!’s burst out.
I have always enjoyed the way public sculptures play a part in a city’s identity and offer us a place to engage with it. When I began designing this sculpture, I thought fondly of The Alamo (aka The Astor Place Cube) by Bernard Rosenthal, found in NYC's East Village. It’s a large kinetic sculpture that can be spun around, so it’s different each time you come upon it. That bit of delightful surprise inspired me. I wanted to design kinetic sculpture that changed with its surroundings.
I created and installed this piece for the Personal Statements event, an annual tradition for the Stanford Design Program. The graduating class is given two weeks to create any piece to express their designer's voice. A homecoming of sorts for the program's alumni, the show ties us together through a shared rite of passage, while also expressing the individuality of the latest class.
Recently, I’ve returned to the shapes and patterns I explored for the Lamp; however, rather than creating shape through translucency and shadow, with these swatches, I play with opaque material and large blocks of color.
Each sculpture is made from a 24" x 36" single sheet of paper.
Inspired by those Sesame St. shorts I used to love growing up, I created this stop-motion video about Teamwork. Themes: ask your friends for help, be resourceful, work together, build on your strengths, and serve as the fulcrum that others can leverage. :)
An exercise in formgiving, the prompt was to create two forms out of mondulan block in response to a word pairing, for example, big/small, light/dark, on/off, etc. From the list, I chose structure/skin. At the time, I was studying Rem Koolhaas and used his CCTV building as inspiration.
My stressed-out friend really wants to meditate more, but he just can’t find the time. Lucky for him...there’s a drone for that!
As we see with the predominance of smart phones in our lives, technology can be a double-edged sword. These days, it seems like there’s an app for just about everything. With all the talk about drones as the next big thing, we found it funny, frightening, and fascinating to imagine the world when they serve as our go-to devices.
Created in side-splitting collaboration with Max Cougar Oswald.