Renaissance Man: artist, architect, author, industrial designer.American born 1958.
That his work is displayed upside down is a reflection of his world view. Art – long before the capital ‘A’ Art of the Renaissance – has been driven not by creative vision but by commerce and as such is a near-perfect reflection of society.
“Some of my earliest memories are of taking things apart, usually in such a way that they could not be put back together again. How things are put together – how they work – was a secret that I had to unravel. As Arthur C. Clark said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I wanted to learn the secret. Trying to discover how things work was eventually followed by trying to find out why things work – including human and social factors like behavior and economics. Using the rigorous analytical methods of my industrial design training I tried to figure out why things don’t work. My work contemplates the relationship between artist, medium and product – and thus the very nature of art itself. It is a parody of parodies, which of course makes it a tribute as well, with no small irony.”