Hysterectomies

new projects,public art projects — chris on August 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I am currently working on a project  to comment on the phenomenon in my neighborhood of placing large household garbage out on the side walks and in empty lots year round. I am cutting uterus silhouettes from materials in the trash piles, photographing the resulting holes. The removed uterus shapes will be used to create a cast sculpture to be returned to the neighborhood. The trash piles, I believe, act like hysterectomies in that they  remove potential growth in the neighborhood. The uterus is a potent symbol for life, growth, and history.

The following images are details from two of the many piles worked on.

work for new public library

public art projects — chris on June 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I have been working for some time now on works for a new public library here in San Antonio at the former Mission Drive-In site adjacent to Mission San Jose. This site has a very long history dating back through pre-colonial days. In the work I am trying to acknowledge the complex and rich history of the neighborhood by using geological strata as visual analogues for the historically rich foundations of the area. I am posting some of the drawings as work has not yet begun on the actual site. Grand opening is slated for some time in March 2011.