Tent Field project began as an effort to conjure a physical artwork from a descriptive passage found in Albert Camus’ The Plague. The project now numbers over 100 red rip-stop nylon tents, varying in scale but all considerably less than life-size.  River stones placed inside secure them, while careful observation reveals that they are fully enclosed, without entrances or exits.

In cultures with an immersive connection to their natural surroundings, tents and tent-like structures provide moveable shelter and temporary grounding. In societies defined by buildings and housing, tents have long sheltered the unwanted, the unwashed, the forlorn, refugees, the diseased, the wounded, the captured, the homeless.

Tent Field: Contested Territory, 2019, is an installation designed specifically for the 42 Social Club location in Lyme, Connecticut. On this site embedded with the histories of the Pequot tribal people and the arrival of the English colonists, the tents populate the woods and act as mute interrogators of the invisible histories of the land. The ground becomes content.

Install/Deinstall, 2019

601Artspace, NYC

Install/Deinstall was a 3-hour long group exhibition on the theme 'Self Portrait', that condensed the three main events in the life cycle of every show: the installation of the work, opening night, and deinstallation of the exhibition. Artists included in the show brought their self portraits with them to the opening and installed them upon arrival. When they were ready to leave, they deinstalled and took their work with them.

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, 2019

866 UN Plaza, NYC

The Security Blankets collaboration with Anita Cruz-Eberhard was included in SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory week for it’s eighth year. Entitled "Security Blankets US" as part of the show’s 2019 theme Fact and Fiction, ten 60×80 inch and seven 30×40 inch blankets were exhibited as a labyrinth in a 10×10 mylar-walled space. 

Peers, 2018

Trestle Projects, NYC

This exhibition included work by six artists who examine the accessibility of surveillance in our current culture and reflect on our ambivalent relationship with cameras. The works opened up a philosophical dialogue about security, privacy, and recreational entertainment. The Security Blankets reflect on the increased societal dependency on images to represent truth or facts. 

12x12x12, 2015

Black Ball Projects, NYC

The Security Blankets collaboration with Anita Cruz-Eberhard was part of a group show at Black Ball Projects, entitled 12x12x12.

The Show Me State, 2015

Auxiliary Projects, NYC

The Security Blankets collaboration with Anita Cruz-Eberhard was part of a group show at Auxiliary Projects, entitled The Show Me State.

Noorderlicht Photo Festival, 2015

Groningen, Netherlands

The Security Blanket project was prominently displayed at Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen, Netherlands. As part of the festival’s main theme exhibition, Data Rush, 16 blankets were hung near the center of the hall for visitors to see and touch. 

The Security Blankets collaboration with Anita Cruz-Eberhard was in the annual Bushwick Open Studios, shown as an installation entitled, "Refuge."

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