Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reusing, Recycling, and Reinventing Art

Interview on WNYC 93.9 FM with Billy Dufala and Brian Zanisnik about RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) in Philadelphia:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Artist Meei-Ling Ng transforms the "Want Knot"

With the Help of Lucia Thome and Billy Dufala, from RAIR, I donated the "Want Knot" to the Asian Arts Initiative current Social Practice Lab artist Meei-Ling Ng, for her project “Grow Food Where you Live." She has been working with community members to transform the boat into a public garden that will be located in Chinatown North. Thanks again to everyone at Revolution Recovery and RAIR (Fern, Billy and Lucia) for making this all possible!

“Grow Food Where You Live” is name of the yearlong project that Social Practice Lab artist Meei Ling Ng created to inspire residents and stakeholders of Chinatown North / Callowhill to establish small garden plots and, eventually, a central community garden. From Summer 2014 through 2015, Meei Ling will work with community members to create and maintain a series of artistic planter installations throughout the neighborhood. The installations will combine living plants (both edible and decorative) with sculpture made from recycled and found materials.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I created this body of work at RAIR in Northeast Philadelphia, an artist residency program located at Revolution Recovery, a construction demolition and waste management facility. I built a 17' flat bottom boat entirely from recycled materials, and rowed it down the Delaware River.  It was a fantastic experience! The work has been on display at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery on Frankford Avenue.  The exhibition ends Saturday, June 28th.  Thanks to all of the folks at Revolution Recovery and RAIR (Billy Dufala, Fern Gookin and Lucia Thome) to make this experience possible, and to Raul Romero for documenting the maiden voyage! 

boat in progress in the studio/shop at RAIR

removing the boat from the second story studio

filling the boat with water to swell the bottom boards

in transit

Exhibition at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery

baby shark in formaldehyde- found in the trash!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sketch book sketches

sketches of meat compositions for new group of paintings

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Louis Kahn: Korman House Model

Korman House, Whitemarsh Township, PA 1971-73 Photo Credit Matt Wargo

This fall I was invited by Linda Brenner and BIll Christensen to create the landscape for a model of the Korman House, the last residential property Louis Kahn created in 1973.  I was responsible for designing the color palette, the trees and shrubbery.  We followed the original landscape architecture plans, designed by Harriet Patterson.  I sculpted several different specialty trees as well as nearly 100 spruce and pines to create groves.  The model will be on view at the Harvey and Irwin Kroiz Gallery, The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design from February 20- May 23, 2014 as part of the exhibition Brought to Light: The Houses of Louis Kahn

Opening: Thursday, February 20 I 5:30-7pm.                      Please register:

Process photos:

planting (placing) trees

Estate Tree: Yellow Wood

specialty trees

Japanese Maples 

placing Japanese Maples

treating shrubs with Liver of Sulfur 

shrubs drying

Sunday, September 01, 2013


                                photo credit: Amy Hicks

I was recently invited by the IDOK Center for Research to participate in an exhibition hosted by the Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic in Zagreb, Croatia.  In response to the cultural meme (read below) I created 2 works: "Daughter of Kong Thong" and "Kong-pact." The works were described in the exhibition catalogue as follows:

"The Kong Thong, made in 2003, by the company Victorious Secret, who attempted an I, Daughter of Kong line of Lingerie. The company has since gone out of business."

"Compact exhibited during a feminist group show titled IF KING KONG WERE A LADY SHE WOULD TEAR THIS FUCKING TOWN TO PIECES, 1973, NYC.  The show was raided by police for obscenity during a performance and all the work was confiscated.  This piece was never claimed and finally, in 1989, was auctioned off and purchased by the center."

Thanks to Amy Hicks and Cynthia Mitchell for conceptualizing, and producing the exhibition.

                                                                     photo credit: Amy Hicks

                                                                      photo credit: Amy Hicks

                                                   photo credit: Amy Hicks

"Kong-Pact" wood, mirror, steel and plastic hairs   photo credit: Amy Hicks

About the I, Daughter of Kong Center for Research:

In 1971 a fragment of film was found in a warehouse on the Hudson River in New York. The film shows fleeting black and white images of a small, blond, seemingly female figure with the head of a movie starlet and the body of an ape. The fragment has generated a great deal of controversy. Is it documentary footage, a hoax, or a piece of lost fiction? The ensuing years have produced much evidence in support of conflicting theories, as well as speculation about the nature and location of this creature. Many people believe that she is the love child of Fay Wray and King Kong. It is said that she is among us, somewhere in solitude. Some believe she is a sign of The End or of The Beginning; perhaps even the second coming of a new Christ. Some say she is just a poor freak, a sad accident escaped from a Soviet laboratory… Others say that she doesn’t exist at all.

The I, Daughter of Kong Center for Research collects and documents material evidence, testimonials, and cultural artifacts related to the existence of I, Daughter of Kong.

The IDOK Center for Research would like to thank the following individual for contributing evidence: Lara Allen, David Brinley, Nathan Brown, Sarah Glanville, Amy Hicks, Cynthia Mitchell, JeffreyMoser, Selma H. Muller, Sandi Petrie, Christine Shields, Carrie Mae Smith, Anjali Sundaram, and Alyssa Taylor Wendt.

I, Daughter of Kong Center for Research

Sunday, April 28, 2013