Where have all the Soviets gone?
2013
dimensions variable - as shown: 87"h x 160"w x 696"d
cast urethane foam, paint, graphite, and steel



Drones. More and more they seem to play an integral role in our modern society. From surveillance, to pizza delivery, to launching Hellfire missiles from three miles out; drones are here to stay. The following works primarily address and comment on the military's increasing use of drones and the slippery slope unmanned killing machines present. While they are beneficial in the sense that they can perform certain jobs that keep the fine men and women of our armed forces out of harm's way, their danger lies in the disconnect that occurs in their use. Robert Stam in his book, Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism and Film, addresses this disconnect as he writes about Jean-Luc Godard’s film, Les Carabiners

“Godard’s professed goal was to make the logic of war so simple a child could understand it, and if war is anything in the film, it is above all a kind of bellicose consumerism, a pretext for pillage. Godard counterpoints sound and image to highlight the patriotic glorifications of war and the sanguinary realties they mask. The conventional ethical hierarchies of war - massive aerial bombardments are antiseptic and humane; disemboweling with a knife is evil and barbaric - are leveled and revealed to be prevarications”.

Above emphasis mine. The "antiseptic" nature of drone use in the military makes killing an all too impersonal event. An actual missile strike on a civilian target can too easily become just another video game accomplishment for a technician sitting in a darkened room, half a world away. Killing moves even further towards a casual event with little psychological ramifications.

Childhood Memory #120384
2014
80"h x 15"dia.
ultra-cal, 16 gallon steel drum, and urethane rubber
If Hirst and Hardy had a baby it would be a Drone
2014
13”h x 15”w
plastic planes on panel with spray paint
four versions available: drone as fuck, drone life, drone pride, drones over bitches
editions of 25
Insidie del Diavolo
2014
84”h x 56”w x 33”d
mixed media drone and steell

JetBoyMachine!
2014
42”h x 60”w x 9”d
resin coated urethane foam and catalpa
Home on the Range
2014
9"h x 6"w x 6"d each
11 gauge steel