Part of A. Laurie
soldered copper wire
9 ft x 4 ft.
Description: Kansas is a map of the oil and gas lines existing in 1958 in that state, which is the geographical heart of the U.S.
The Helium Stockpile
hinged poplar blocks
Description: The Helium Stockpile is based on a complex fold invented by mathematician and computer scientist Erik Demain. I collaborated with Erik and his father Martin to create a sculpture that could be expanded and contracted to maximum and minimum dimensions but still be manipulated by hand. The project references the Federal Helium Stockpile outside Amarillo, Texas.
Description: City Deposits explored Chicago's former inner-city limestone quarries that were filled in with garbage and now constitute real estate. The project included production of a guidebook, a gallery installation, and a public tour of Stearn's Quarry. The installation included a text printed on glass surrounding an architectural "hole" already existing in the gallery architecture, and two tv monitors listing objects offered and wanted on the free exchange website free-cycle over a period of two months.
steel, plants, oxygen masks
4 ft x 3 ft x 15 in
Description: One of a fleet of two oxygen bars pushed around the streets of Pittsburgh offering free oxygen produced by living plants inside.
steel, plants, breathing masks
38 in x 42 in x 20 in
Description: One of a fleet of two oxygen bars pushed around the streets of Pittsburgh asking if anyon e wanted some free oxygen.
Notions of Expenditure, Louise Lamb
12 in x 30 in
Description: One of ten posters produced for the Chicago CTA after a call for proposals for how to retrofit cardio gyms to produce energy, reduce our dependence on oil, and "bring the troops home." Public Art project.
The View from our rented apartment looking south if we could buy it (in two installments)
variable (about 8 ft x 5 ft x 4 ft)
Description: This is a scale model of the air space outside my former apartment, in a neighborhood undergoing rapid gentrification, in two parts.
digital photos, hand made maps
Description: Opened Lands documents local, non-institutionalized uses of 38 vacant lots that create public spaces in the city. If you unfolded the maps, you would find stories, additional pictures, and seasonal details inaccessible in a single wintry photograph.
Land Mass (collab with Wendy Jacob)
plywood, wheels, recycled rubber
Description: 16 mobile benches based on shapes and dimensions of city-owned vacant land in Chicago at 1:25 scale. The number of benches corresponds to the number of vacant lots that exist (on average) in an area of Chicago equal to the gallery area (one out of every 33 square feet in Chicago is vacant land).