Corpus Urbani Statement

Almost four billion humans are now city-dwellers. Widespread urbanization is still an experiment with an unknown outcome, and yet, the momentum is such that there seems to be no turning the tide. 

We are becoming Homo Urbanis, like it or not. Our bodies are being transformed into something like cells in the bodies of these living, breathing behemoths known as cities.

Corpus Urbani.

At once, this Latin can be read in two senses— City-Body (city-dweller) and Body of The City. This work I do, in short, is intended to elucidate the interrelationships of humans and the cities we inhabit— highlighting the marks we leave on them, and the marks they, in turn, leave on us.

Urban - With my work, I’m writing with light and color my ode to the body of the city. Like a lover, I pore over her form, exploring every hidden twist and turn, capturing her essence. Her secret scars and blemishes and idiosyncrasies become her charms. These marks tell of her loves, her labors, her history.

Conversational - This work represents excerpts from an ongoing, unfolding dialogue I am having with the City and its People. This body of work is intended to elucidate the interrelationships of humans and the cities we inhabit— highlighting the marks we leave on them, and the marks they, in turn, leave on us.

Improvisational - My creative process involves what is essentially recombinant visual remixing. Drawing on a catalog of tens of thousands of images of street art and urban textures I shot in cities all around the world, I use a projector to paint my models with these images and then capture the results with my camera. My models and I find our way in the dark, both figuratively and literally, as the only light source in the studio is the projector.

Erosophic - Both the process and the form of this series are deeply erotic, in every sense that word holds. Eros gives rise to sex, yes, but it is also the essential generative impulse that creates everything from hadrons to galaxies; the primal urge toward connection, union, and synthesis. I find that the process creating images collaboratively and intuitively opens the way for very powerful and serendipitous results to arise. Truly, these works are born more than made.