Images and representations serve as vehicles for memorializing those who precede us in death. For artists, any work that survives has the potential to be viewed as a portrait of its maker. Being shaped by evolving historical dialogue, the work may also come to represent the values shared by contemporary culture. Sender's mural portion of Contrived/ Permanence is a composite drawing that consists of fragments of eight historical monuments that also serve as portraits/memorials for their patrons. The mural is paired with a set of postcards that pull directly from sensationalized quotes describing the source monuments, recontextualizing the composited drawing with conflicting historical accounts.
A solo show I exhibited during my senior year at TCNJ. The show focuses on the way in which our lives and cultures can be simplified, and consequently misunderstood. Drawing from images that have been reproduced and reframed within contemporary history, the series questions how we compose our understandings of those with or without power.
A small selection of images from An Exhausted Memory, the opening exhibition of the online gallery space, Empty&.
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An Exhausted Memory features a series of appropriated images from artworks that are universally recognizable as familiar elements of Western European Visual Culture. Over time, the discourse surrounding these master artworks was gently constructed into an excessive praising. The decisions made by the artists have been over-analyzed and then justified with the simple explanation of the artistic genius that must be necessary for such decision-making. This over-simplification in the explanations of these works leaves little room for real critical analysis. The titles chosen for the tetraptychs within An Exhausted Memory are direct quotes from these explanations in art history texts. These explanations have taken the place of the artists original intentions, and as titles serve to further remove the works from their original contexts.
Collective Identity is a projected looping animation of a moment in the subject's life. The work is an investigation of portraiture and an attempt towards offering more of the subject than a static image might.
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Unpublished is the conceptual precursor to my first show, Unpublished Stories. The installation was a single-line drawing spanning three walls of a gallery space. The drawing's multiple sections document the memories of a man through selected stages of his life.
I was approached by Buffalo-based t-shirt company You and Who to create a design represnting Newark, NJ. The design is a contemporary illustrative take on the Newark flag. Every time You and Who sells a shirt, another of the same shirt will be given to someone in need.
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Book of Life is a conceptual design project where I made a printed version of the wikipedia page for 'Life.' As the book progresses and moves closer towards the final chapter, death, the images and content become distorted and illegible. The book is handbound and has a vellum jacket.
Thirteen: Unused typographical design for the TCNJ '13' art exhibition.
Music, Mind, and Invention: Logo design for the Music, Mind, and Invention workshop at TCNJ. The logo represents a bridge between technology and music.
Copper Mountain: Identity design exercise for a ski resort.