Public Works

A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful

We live in an unsettled moment of technological, political, and cultural flux. Awash in endless currents of information delivered by glowing screens, each new headline brings a fresh opportunity for faith or despair. By definition, anxiety and hope are determined by a moment that has yet to arrive. How do our private apprehensions and expectations for tomorrow square with the collective mood? A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful is a living catalogue of the ways in which we relate to the uncertainty of tomorrow.

Now on view at the Rubin Museum of Art throughout 2018, this participatory installation invites visitors to share their anxieties and desires on vellum cards and hang them on the wall. This ongoing collaboration with Candy Chang will grow into a monolithic barometer where visitors can glean the prevailing mood while they explore thousands of responses that range from personal and local reflections to broader political and spiritual statements.


Volunteers in Hell

I scrolled through the vicious ecclesiastics and berserkers of talk radio, an endless opera of fear masquerading as fury.


You could find her near the pump island at the gas station, singing broken torch songs for anyone who might listen.

My Grandfather’s Lamp

One of the finest things I own is a lamp with a stern brass pirate, one hand on his hip and the other gripping a long sword.