current projects

Tide and Current Taxi

Statement

He looked up from the map and stared out the window. And I stared out the window, too. The glass in our windows is thick and leaded. And beyond the windows, the Zone. There it is, just reach out and you can touch it. From the thirteenth floor it looks like it could fit in the palm of your hand.

From Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Stragatsky

Since 2002, I have been exploring the waterways of New York City in boats that I design and build. I take passengers, or more recently, explore alone with a videocamera. I study tidal charts of the harbor and use the current to push the boat. From this perspective, things I encounter every day take on a new significance. I believe that the act of floating has an impact on observation. The viewer maintains an awareness of their balance and form as they absorb the details in their surrounding. This kind of observation creates something new out of something familiar. My boat projects are an attempt to un-know the metropolis by continually exploring it.

Recently, I began collecting objects that I find around the harbor, and making record of them in different ways, by printing, casting, or making videos. When the water rises during a storm and pulls objects into the harbor, the tide acts like a giant centrifuge, reorganizing things according to their shape and density. I collect and record the objects as another way to collaborate with the tide. I want to preserve the mystery of each discovery, like beachcombing, or finding a hidden treasure.

past projects

2014

Beachcombing

Driftboat

East River Tide Ferry

The Vally of Dry Bones

2013

Collographs

Flotsam Prints

Magnetic Influence

2012

Archipelago

2011

Collographs: New York Harbor

Collographs: Smokey Hill River

Waverunner Xv: Indices and Abstractions

2010

Capsize

Chilchota

Upriver

2009

The Inner Sea

2008

First Sight

Islip

2007

I Had Made My Home by the Shore

Icknield Port Loop

Ishmael Goes to Sea

Narrative/Memory/Navigation

Santa Maria

2006

Bremen River Drift

Hudson River Drift

I Am Half Sick of Shadows

Invisible Graffiti

My Own Free Way

Secret Porthole

Smithson Intervention

The Island of the Day Before

Tidal Wave Pool

2005

Circumnavigation

First Annual Huron Street Pier Invitational Boat Launch

The Museum of the Five Coldest Nights of My Life

Your Own Mind is a Sacred Enclosure

2004

Man is Man Wherever You Find Him

Rowdy Remix

The History of the Last Five Minutes

2003

Holy Mountain

Shark Ride

2002

Ice Flow

Igloo

Looking for an Autonomous Zone

Providence River

Sauna

2001

Tidal Wave

1991

Early Boat Projects