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Strange Mess

The Luminary


Stay afloat (caution, attention)

Plastic, wood, polyester resin and digital print

78 x 42 x 28 inches

Half-life (small talk)

Charcoal, meteorite fragments and resin on mirrors

38 x 104 inches

Half-life (small talk)


Close enough

Resin fingerprints on framed digital print

Image from surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, courtesy of NASA 

16 x 20 inches

Stay alive (whatever)

Resin on mirror and mirrored mylar

38 x 95 inches

What our work comes down to

Mop, charcoal, meteorite fragments and resin

Variable dimensions

What our work comes down to


Closing in ( 1 - 3 ) and Stay alive ( 3 & 1 )

Resin on framed digital prints and resin on mirrors

Images taken from Rosetta spacecraft of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, courtesy of NASA

32 x 38 inches each

Stay afloat (caution, attention) 2

Plastic, wood, polyester resin and digital print

42 x 22 x 19 inches



Strange Mess was on view at The Luminary in St. Louis, MO in the fall of 2017, presented in partnership with ACRE.


The following text accompanied the installation:

“The world is a mess. I inherited a mess.” [1] 

“We cannot live human lives without energy and attention, nor without making choices which show that we take some things more seriously than others. Yet we have always available a point of view outside the particular form of ourselves, from which the seriousness appears gratuitous. These two inescapable viewpoints collide in us, and that is what makes life absurd. It is absurd because we ignore the doubts that we know cannot be settled, continuing to live with nearly undiminished seriousness in spite of them.

What we say to convey the absurdity of our lives often has to do with space or time: we are tiny specks in the infinite vastness of the universe; our lives are mere instants even on a geological time scale, let alone a cosmic one; we will all be dead any minute. But of course none of these evident facts can be what makes life absurd, if it is absurd. For suppose we lived forever; would not a life that is absurd if it lasts seventy years be infinitely absurd if it lasted through eternity? And if our lives are absurd given our present size, why would they be any less absurd if we filled the universe…?

In viewing ourselves from a perspective broader than we can occupy in the flesh, we become spectators of our own lives. We cannot do very much as pure spectators of our own lives, so we continue to lead them, and devote ourselves to what we are able at the same time to view as no more than a curiosity, like the ritual of an alien religion.” [2]

“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.” [3] 


[1] Donald J. Trump
     45th President of the United States of America
     February 16th, 2017

[2] Excerpts from Thomas Nagel’s The Absurd, published in The Journal of Philosophy,    
     Vol. 68, No. 20, Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical   
     Association Eastern Division (October 21st, 1971), pp. 716-727

[3] Audre Lorde, from “Audre Lorde: An Interview.” With Karla Hammond. Denver
     Quarterly 16 (1981): 10-27.

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