Bob Ross Shoes 2.0, acrylics on canvas sneakers, 2013
Water Night, Whitacre, 2012-2013.
This piece is, at its height, 16 part divisi (SATB). I adjusted bass notes as necessary but otherwise it is unchanged (my lowest note is an Eb).
Avion III, Ictineo I, The Beach Pneumatic, watercolour and pen/ink, 2011-2012.
Based on real failed inventions.
The Avion III was the latest and most successful prototype aircraft built by brilliant French engineer Clement Ader. Powered by steam engine and two leaf-like propellers, with ribbed, batlike wings, Ader claimed that his plane achieved flight in 1897, long before the Wright Brothers flew their first glider at Kitty Hawk. After an unsuccessful test flight, the French military, who were funding his work, revoked Ader’s grant. He never built another plane, and his creations were largely forgotten. Learn More.
The Ictineo I was an early submarine constructed by Spanish entrepreneur Narcis Monturriol, after he witnessed the death of a man trying to harvest coral off a reef in Cadaques. Monturriol’s round, wooden craft was powered and steered mechanically by its pilot, using a broad fin on the tail end of the vehicle. Though it made a few successful test voyages, Monturriol’s other craft was accidentally destroyed by a passing ship, and he went bankrupt. The Ictineo I was scrapped for parts. Learn More.
The Beach Pneumatic Transit (1870) was an early subway system, constructed and proposed by Alfred Beach, that was run entirely on compressed air generated by giant fans. The luxury system, which featured opulent white stone stations and fully upholstered cars, was an initial success but was abandoned and forgotten after money ran out mid-construction. Beach died of pneumonia not long after. While the modern New York subway was being constructed, the stations were rediscovered, and subsequently destroyed. Learn More.
Werner Herzog II, The Skeleton Marionette, paper clay, string, fishing line, wood. 2013.
Fix Me, Jesus. arr. Hall Johnson. 2012.
SATB with soprano/tenor solos.
Bob Ross Shoes, oil paint on canvas sneakers, 2012.
Bob Ross Shoes, 6 months later.
Alien, pastel, 2012.
Based on a frame from the 1979 film.
Autumn Leaves, Kosma arr. Sharon, 2011.
Originally SSATB, adjusted for SSA by me.
The New Frontiersmen, found objects, 2011.