The police I grew up with involved illustrations of police in my grade school textbooks rescuing kittens, directing traffic, being in general beneficial support persons for our wider society. In my community, across the continent, I suspect there are still representatives of these police. What images I mostly see today though are of a militarized force sent out to confront some mass at demonstration. I still prefer the cat rescuer illustrations. PIECE 1) A Cultural Bygone. Wood, badge, stuffed cat. PIECE 2) Traffic Duty. Cardboard shipping tubes, wood, badge. – JM
I started painting smoke last summer, and approached the concept a few times more this summer. This piece, The Rebecca Ward Goes Down, symbolically describes wooden ships that were frozen in place, and ultimately crushed by the ice, as early explorers (such as Robert Peary and crew) attempted to reach the top of the world.
Latex paint and ink on medium density fiberboard, framed in oak, maple and walnut.
These photographs are from a temporary outdoor exhibit I posted on the exterior wall of an abandoned concrete facility at the end of July. Plenty of neighborhood people passed by and enjoyed the art… – JM
3 unfoldable Diego’s. Going with us to Detroit. We’re bringing and leaving 21 unfoldables in all. I hope people who get the unfoldables will be inspired to hang, photograph, and email. The unfoldables break bread at the table of modern art. – JM
These are unfoldable odes to the explorer Robert Peary and they turned out great. Robert Peary is credited (controversially) with being the first human to reach the top of the world. For his entire life Peary was crazy intent on being the first person there. Unlike me, he was apparently immune to freezing temperatures. Once, after enduring weeks of sled travel in sub-zero temperatures, he reached the northernmost outpost. Inside, his partner Matthew Henson pulled off his sock, and the men heard what sounded like twigs snapping – only it was Peary’s toes snapping off and staying clung to the sock! Unbelievably, Peary quickly learned to walk without toes, and he spent the rest of his life returning to the frozen north until he finally declared that he was first to the top of the world. These 3 unfoldables will be left about Detroit to be found by participants in the city’s Free Art Friday program. I’m excited about giving them away. – JM
This is the second (of 3) Diego unfoldables I finished. It’s going to Detroit when we see the Diego and Frida show at the Detroit Institute of Art. Eur and I will hide the mailers with our Diego and Frida unfoldables around the city as we participate in Detroit’s “Free Art Friday” scavenger hunt, which we learned about after the Detroit Institute of Art declined, due to policy reasons, our request to unfold and hang our Diego and Frida pieces in the Institute’s break room. – JM
We’re going to Detroit to see Diego and Frida at the DIA before their show ends. We’ve been talking about Diego and Frida for the past few months and we got inspired to create a handful of unfoldable pieces about them. I did Diego and Fat Frog. Eur did Frida and Little Dove. We’re bringing these with us to Detroit. Best seen through this platform’s viewer. – JM
This work satisfies my desire to create at a big size, but not on canvas. These pieces can be folded to the size of a notebook and easily mailed. They are paper-based but not fragile. The gold is paint. The rest is 16 common photocopies pasted to a single large piece of black paper. It’s process intensive. I’ve been folding and unfolding the work multiple times and it’s sound engineering. The Golden Parties pieces are part of the America series and best seen through this platform’s viewer. – JM