I’ve pursued distinct though related bodies of work in three media over the past 40 years. My work in sculpture has been made in conversation with the built world, both through an interest in the overlap between sculpture and architecture as well as through the ways that three-dimensional art can be abstracted to reference, conjure or assert human scale and the world of functional objects. In photography, I’ve looked for a heightened and expanded sense of what “documentary” can mean and convey by mining un-posed human subjects as well as the found, lived-in world. In my video work, I gather moving images, voices and sound from the real world, using these fragments as raw material with which to construct time-based pieces.
My overarching concern as an artist is to be actively present in the making as I engage with perceptual and material reality with a sense of improvisation and flux. Regardless of the medium, the individual pieces have evolved, bearing traces of the processes, decisions and revisions that have gone into their creation.
I’m an Emeritus Professor of Visual Art at Duke University, where for 30 years I taught sculpture, photography and filmmaking. During that time I was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture, a Fulbright Scholar Award in Photography, and Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Grants for both photography and video. I also worked for DoubleTake magazine from 1995 to 2004, first as an editorial advisor in photography and subsequently as a contributing photographer.