I am an artist based in Rochester and Brooklyn, NY. My work has been exhibited internationally.
In my narrative video work, I translate the language of cinema through "minor" play, using consumer technologies and non-actors to sculpt vernacular stories from archival documentary source materials. The economy of the narratives deliberately exploit the signification gap between stratified media conventions to illuminate the delicate entanglements of power between the social and the psyche. More recently, I have shifted away from narrative and instead use observation and translation to explore the borders between signification and abstraction; I have focused my more narrative interests on writing essays and stories.
Since 2008, a significant part of my practice has been creating projections for collaborative multimedia projects. My recent work for the St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway productions of Oklahoma! was recognized with an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Projection Design.
I have a BA in Cultural Studies and Film Studies from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2001 and an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College in 2006. In 2009, I was awarded a fellowship from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pursue a Ph.D. in Electronic Art, which I completed in 2013. My academic research interests have included narrative video art, narrativity in queer storytelling, the intersection of documentary and fiction practices, and the empirical subject.
I am an Associate Professor of Fine Art Photography in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I teach concepts, theories, and practices of video, photography, and related media. In 2020, I received the Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
*photo by Lloyd McCullough