It’s 2008 and I’m standing on a Seattle City Light maintenance hole cover pointing out the cool patterns to a colleague. It’s a gorgeous piece of iron designed by Anne Knight in 1975 and part of the arts council initiative. The cover is a map of downtown Seattle with icons that mark sites and a legend that runs around the rim. It even has a “you are here” steel pin. I admired that cover everyday for the previous year without knowing much about it. At that moment, I ran my fingers across the top and instantly thought, “this feels like a printing block.”
The process is simple. Roll or paint water-based block printing ink onto a (sometimes) clean surface, lay down a piece of canvas, press it down with your fingers or hands, and peel it back up. It’s basic relief printing and something I was happy to revisit.
Fast forward to now. I’ve collected hundreds of unique prints onto canvas from over 50 cities across the world. Each one is a treasure, a tangible memory of the conversations in the car, the scouring of neighborhoods and back alleys, chatting with locals, collaborating with strangers, finding the “one”, improv color choices, peeling up the canvas, the grease and dirt stains, the sweat, the chance encounters, figuring out how to get it into the car, and the rush on the drive home.
Many of these coal chutes, storm drain, sewer, and steam covers are works of art and rich in history that often go unnoticed. They provide glimpses into the past and are some of the first examples of graphic design.
Being able to discover, reimagine, and capture that while experiencing the surroundings is my passion. My intention with showing my work now is to not only expose and celebrate the art that’s around us, but to also connect people to memories of places that are meaningful to them.
A print from an important or significant place is a great gift. I've done custom prints for weddings, retirements, restaurants, and a number of sports fans. They are also a lot of fun for me - driving to the city, finding the neighborhood or corner, texting photos to the client, making decisions on the spot, approving the print together, shipping it off with some photos, and coming home with an extra for me.
Here's an example:
- First we chat about your vision.
- If you have a location in mind (and it's close), I scout the area.
- I share photos and concepts.
- You decide on a direction.
- I (we if you'd like) go make the print(s).
- I share videos and photo with you during the process.
- Final print(s) are sent to you.
It's a virtual print mission. Come along for the ride!
- Sweet Home Chicago, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2023
- The Other Art Fair, Artifact Events, Chicago, IL, 2023
- Rostrum 312, The Shops, Chicago, IL, 2022
- Adidas Originals Solo Installation, Chicago, IL, 2021
- Evanston Made Group Show, Evanston, IL, 2021
- Cast+Pour Solo Exhibition, Neenah, WI, 2019
- Art Prize 10 Solo Installation, Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, MI, 2018
- Public Spaces, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2018
- One Wall Solo Exhibition, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2018