Imported Fruit, Westindische Buurt, Amsterdam, NL. 2011
In the 1960's Turkish immigrants began flowing into the Netherlands to satisfy the region's high labor demand. Accepted into country under the pretenses that their presence would be temporary, once the immigration program was terminated in 1973, many of the remaining Turkish laborers became isolated from their Dutch neighbors. Differences in religion and economic standing have made assimilation into the contemporary Dutch culture a difficult process. The halved fig emulates the crescent in the Turkish flag was applied on the wall of the former Aya Sofya mosque. The text reads, imported fruit in Turkish and faces Rembrandt Park
Namdaemun, Seoul, Korea. 2010. Vimeo
Praying Monk by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, Korea. 2010. Vimeo
The second of five pieces for each quadrant of the city. With the wave of evangelicalism that has arrived with the western wash that has suffused korea for the last half century, I thought it would be pertinent to hybridize/subvert the old tradition with the new influence. Shamanism and Buddhism were expelled from the city of seoul when the Joseon dynasty adopted Confucianism and now the country is undergoing a new religious transition to Christianity. But the Image of Buddhism has returned to the the walls of the palace right near the ancient gate of Gyeongbokgung, this time by the hands of a westerner. The contrast of the Buddhist monk with praying hands inscribed with the symbols of the disciple St Andrew is a portrait of passing times and transmission of culture
Sunrise Neighbor in Sangwangsimni, Seoul, Korea. 2010. vimeo.com/13381758
The third of five pieces in Seoul, Sunrise Neighbor is situated on the East Side of the city in the condemned neighborhood of Sangwangsimni. An entire swath of the city is slated to be cleared for more efficient high rise apartments, but in the interim period between their demolition and the new construction, many of these buildings stand idly and empty. Sunrise Neighbor is an image of a rabbit's face whose visage is composed of lurid clouds over a scape of new, homogenous housing blocks. The rabbit signifies the coming of a new year, and if placed on the eastern facade of the building to meet the rising sun every morning. Yet the interior subject matter of the face represents a passing of the urban environment into a new era with new, globalized demands. The title of the piece is derived from the numerous slogans scrawled over the abandoned buildings clamoring "Do not destroy your neighbor!" and "Do not demolish this house!"
Fell through the roof of that ledge putting the piece up to write the message in Hangul that is adjacent to the piece but it was well worth it.
Tiger Rabbit in Hongdae, Seoul, Korea. 2010. vimeo.com/13091864
The first of five pieces for each quadrant of the city. The hybrid of the Tiger and Rabbit signifies the annual transition in the Korean calendar. Furthermore, these archetypal symbols of aggression and submission address the hierarchy of japanese colonization and contemporary korean identity. Situated in Hongdae, the center of Seoul's fashion and nightlife, the neighborhood is the confluence of traditional korean culture and American influence.
Cherokee Sunrise on Memorial Ave, Atlanta. 2010.
Praying Hands inside the Eyedrum space, Atlanta. 2010.
Old Hand, Atlanta. 2010
imagination in Mechanicsville, Atlanta. 2010
Dove on Mission St, San Francisco. 2010. Photo Kewlio
Deny Me Three Times, Valencia, San Francisco. 2010
Collaboration with Hugh Leeman, DYV, and Eddie in the Tenderloin, San Francisco. 2010
Lion Rabbit Mural organizes by WallSpaceSF, Tenderloin, San Francisco. 2010
Tribal Coyote, 14th Street, Miami. 2010
Bound Hands, Overtown, Miami. 2010. Photo Hargo
Grandfather, NW 2nd Ave, Miami. 2010.
Carrier Pigeon, Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. 2011
Rabbit, Downtown Los Angeles. 2008
Double Rooster, Jersey City. 2010
Deny Me Three Times, Madrid, Spain. 2010