Parade of the Old New is a panoramic history painting, an allegory of the American body politic since the 2016 election. The title is taken from a 1938 poem by Bertolt Brecht that inspired the theme of this work; now more than ever, we are not finished with the past and the past is not finished with us.
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Between Worlds is a documentary picture story, unfolding in a series of Risograph prints. They follows the journey of an asylum seeker in the United States. His story is both unique and representative of the millions uprooted by conflict throughout the world who are attempting to start a new life in America. Since filming his journey and incarceration in an immigration detention center was impossible, I decided to draw his experiences as he described them to me.
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The project explores two unrealized film scenarios, Bertolt Brecht’s A Model Family in a Model Home (1940) and Eisenstein’s Glass House (1930). These watercolors included in the installation suggest how the artist’s lives inspired their creative ideas and how relevant their ideas are to our present circumstance.
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A series of charts that explore the cinematic apparatus has been used to organize and optimize the body by the champions of scientific management, how this intersects with modernism and the revolutionary potential of the pratfall.
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A series of watercolors that appears to have been created by Albert Grass, founder of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society over a period of time from around 1936 to the outbreak of World War Two in 1939. Many of Grass’ anxieties speak directly to us today. He suffered the aftereffects of a brutal war. He worried about his neighbors being evicted. He felt the guilt of an artist who feels he should be more deeply engaged in a struggle for social justice. Despite the fact that he was he a man of her grandfather’s generation, Grass is, in many ways, Zoe’s alter-ego. There are times they even dream the same dreams.
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A series of illustrated letters from Albert Grass founder of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society to his friends in Brooklyn. It appears he spent a summer of 1934 in Blackpool working on various amusements at the legendary Pleasure Beach. These letters give us an uncensored account of all the pleasures that this working class seaside resort had to offer. He soon found an enthusiastic following. With his help a new branch of the Amateur Psychoanalytic Society was succcessfully launched.
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The archive of the Blackpool Chapter is now housed at The National Fairground Archives in Sheffield