Keep Your Eye On The Donut, Not The Hole
Solo exhibition at the Box Gallery
June 2–July 1, 2016
This show contains three new bodies of work: HEY, HOW'S LIFE???, Impressions & Teachers Lounge:
HEY, HOW’S LIFE???
Life is not terrific for a lot of people. This constellation of work first existed as a singular print made in response to the 2016 presidential election. It’s an assortment of objects, a print, and a wall drawing that contains appropriated text from a 1940s advertisement for the film Citizen Kane, — “It’s Terrific!”; an enlarged Juicy Jay rolling paper; an updated Royal Pine air freshener.
Above, LEFT TO RIGHT:
"Peachy" — Silkscreen
"The Squiggle is Real" — Mixed media
"A Single Goth Cheeto Ball" — Mixed media with therapy patches
"YUP (Shitty T-Shirt Letters)" — Mixed media with flocking
"Royal Pain (Trump Tree)" — Mixed media with flocking
"It’s Terrific" — Color pencil
Whiteline woodblock prints
"Happy Earth Day"
"Happy Failure""The Magic of Believing (in organic bug spray)"
“Teachers Lounge” is a publishing imprint I started in 2016 which loosely operates as a forum to explore subversive topics and reveal hidden histories related to education, activism, politics, sports, and visual culture.
Above, LEFT TO RIGHT:
"Taco Hell", 2016. This zine initiated a personal boycott of Taco Bell after learning the TACO PAC (a political association of Taco Bell Franchisees and Supporters) donated the maximum contribution to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. So far, I have donated $100 from the sale of these zines to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
"High & Outside, Vol. 1", 2017. H&O examines the double meaning of sports terminology and features 15 artists & graphic designers. Proceeds from the sale of these also benefit the SPLC.
"Texas Whatever", 2015.
The following were made with support from the Kent State University Research Council & Kent State Library Special Collections & Archives, 2017:
"Man With Black Flag"
"Kent State: Black Student Walkout, 1968"
"Kent State: Remember Orangeburg, 1968"
"Stop Killing Youth" — Silkscreen. The text on this broadside poster was extracted from a pinback button found in the Jerry Lewis May 4 subcollection, Kent State University, Special Collections and Archives. Proceeds from the sale of these posters benefits the Darius Smith Funeral Fund.
Special Thanks to Adam Eckstrom, Kristina Paabus, Emily Duke, Jonas Sebura, Anna Haglin, Tim Taranto, Roza Maille, Ron Goodstein & Nancy Palmeri, Cara Gilgenbach, Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, Alex Gartelmann, Taryn McMahon, Matt Seeds, Allison Smith, Lindsey James & Anderson Turner
Extra Special Thanks to Katelyn Evans & Kent State University Research Council