Untitled (corner piece), 2017

Clothing Sculpture Schematic: Corner Piece Detail
Untitled (corner piece), 2017
Untitled (corner piece), 2017

This is a sketch for a piece comprised of 3175.15 kilograms of carefully folded second-hand clothing. The piece will utilize all colors. It is 2.1 meters tall and 1.8 meters wide. The overall shape is that of a thick, free-standing, corner partition. The color vertically transitions from dark to light and the back again. Inside the corner of the structure, shirt sleeves, pant legs, ties etc.. emerge to form bridge-like appendages. These elements express the human need to make connections and the idea that we are all one people. It relates to an early work seen Here

Night Sky, 2016

Clothing Sculpture: Night Sky (detail), 2016
Night Sky, 2016
Night Sky, 2016
Night Sky (detail), 2016
Night Sky (detail), 2016

In New York City, the night sky never fully darkens. The buildings emit a warm, muted glow transitioning through bands of aqua, periwinkle, and lavender to a crown of royal blue. Only the brightest stars emerge.

Size: 48″ x 38″ x 6″ (H x W x D)

Materials: Folded second-hand clothing, steel & wooden frame

Weight: Aprox. 200 lbs.

Display: Free standing or wall hung.

Trace, 2016

Clothing Sculpture: Trace, 2016

A path is made by walking. This piece is created with whole garments, folded to six inches wide and stapled into a wooden frame for easy transport.

Size: 48″ x 38″ x 6″ (H x W x D)

Materials: Folded second-hand clothing, steel & wooden frame

Weight: Aprox. 200 lbs.

Display: Freestanding or wall hung.

Untitled (pink), 2016

Clothing Sculpture: Untitled (pink), 2016

To create this piece, each garment was sorted from dark to light with some adjustments to account for intensity. In the collection of Laura Michalchyshyn and Richard Gilbert.

Size: 48″ x 12″ x 6″ (H x W x D)

Materials: Folded second-hand clothing, steel & wooden frame. Shown here hanging on wood-paneled wall.

Weight: Aprox. 70 lbs.

Display: Freestanding or wall hung.

Untitled (stripes), 2016

Clothing Sculpture: Untitled (stripes), 2016

When sorting each garment from dark to light, I did a rating of each color (eg. the red AND the white stripes in a rugby shirt) and then averaged the two. I factored in the proportion of the stripes (if they were not 50/50) and then adjusted for intensity (hot colors look lighter than they actually are).

Size: 48″ x 12″ x 6″ (H x W x D)

Materials: Folded second-hand clothing, steel & wooden frame. Shown here hanging on wood-paneled wall.

Weight: Aprox. 70 lbs.

Display: This piece can hang but also sit on a shelf or plinth, vertically or horizontally.

The Painful Spectacle of Finding Oneself, 2010-11

Clothing Sculpture: The Painful Spectacle of Finding Oneself

This series of works are each built in 2 sections which can be combined and re-configured.

Approximate Size:
6’ x 1’ x 1’ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Folded second-hand clothing, wood and steel

Social Mobility, 2010

Clothing Sculpture: Social Mobility, 2010

This piece is one of several created for a solo show at The University of Maryland. It was taken for regular walks around campus by gallery staff. This sticker occupied the space on the floor where the piece was displayed when at rest.

Approximate Size:
6′ x 2′ x 2′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, steel, wood, casters, dog-leash

Into the Fold, Friends, 2010

Clothing Sculpture: Into the Fold, Friends, 2010 (detail 1)

As part of the Friends Seminary “Peace Week” celebration, I worked with parents and students to create an 8 x 8-foot clothing sculpture.

After a month, most of the clothing was sent to Haiti to support the relief effort.

Approximate Size:
8′ x 8′ x 2′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood and steel

Am I Really All the Things That Are Outside Of Me?, 2009 (video)

Clothing Sculpture: Am I Really All the Things That Are Outside of Me? (Detail)

Am I Really All the Things That Are Outside Of Me? (time lapse), 2009

Approximate Size:
7′ x 3′ x 3′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood & steel

Description:
A portrait of Joaquin Trujiilo, comprised of carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. Each garment is categorized by hue and crisscrossed around a central spine. The order is chosen at random.

This piece was created for the show “Homesick” at the Carnegie Art Museum. All the clothing was provided by Joaquin Trujiilo (half of the curatorial team Trujillo/Paumier) and his family. Collecting 900 lbs of clothing is a heroic effort, not to mention that both of them also folded with me for several days! Joaquin even recruited his sisters Margo and Gloria to help which is significant because they are tireless and super detail oriented. Much thanks to the museum staff as well.

Am I Really All the Things That Are Outside of Me? (Detail)
Am I Really All the Things That Are Outside of Me? (Detail)

Silence, 2009

Clothing Sculpture: Silence, 2009

Silence, 2009

Approximate Size:
7′ x 5′ x 1.5′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood, sand, glue, closet with door (installation)

Description:
This site specific installation was created for System:System, an exhibition within an unoccupied 19th century convent.

The show was curated by Adam Henry and Christina Vassallo of Super Square and Random Number.

In a former nun’s quarters, I filled a doorway with second-hand clothing, walling off an interior space. Garments reclaimed from previous projects were randomly ordered, resulting in distinct value layers (which you can see if you squint a bit). More than any other work I have created, this piece reminds me of a geological cross-section.

I named this piece silence to address my mixed feelings about religion. On the one hand, I am regularly discriminated against by various religious leaders and individuals for being gay. On the other hand, I was raised a Christian. I’ve been the benefactor of Christian generosity (the space granted for this show for example). In the context of this heavily symbolic space, silence refers to self-oppression, to a spiritual vow of silence and also to the fact that these works absorb sound.