1956 Portrait
1956 Portrait

1998-2008, Found objects, steel, copper, brass, paper globes, wax, Plexiglas and glass, 11’-7” H x 6’-3” D  

This self portrait of sorts–constructed over a ten year period–is a collection of objects and iconographic symbols that transform and coalesce into a layered read open to personal translation.

1956 Portrait (detail)
1956 Portrait (detail)

1998-2008, Found objects, steel, copper, brass, paper globes, wax, Plexiglas and glass, 11’-7” H x 6’-3” D  

1956 Portrait (detail)
1956 Portrait (detail)
Reflection
Reflection

Steel, painted and gold-leafed plywood, JFK figure, chinese female figure, ecliptic glass, 57’’ x 24’’ x 10½’’, 2010

UNQ
UNQ

1992, Steel, imaged glass, aluminum, copper, lead, chalkboard paint, found objects, motor, 36” x 39” x 11½” 

1992_2005.jpg
Vision
Vision

Steel, birch, plywood, playing cards, 70” x 24” x ¾”, 1993

No Place to Hide
No Place to Hide

Aluminum, mirror, motor, pine, silver leaf, trophy parts, digital print, 95” x 40” x 20”, 1994-2014

Scintillation
Scintillation

Steel, copper, painted plywood, charcoal, blue glass crystal, 57”H x 57”W x 8”D, 2010

 

Doak'sDream_2010.jpg
Nagasaki
Nagasaki

Steel, imaged glass, aluminum, copper, chalkboard paint, found objects, motor, 36” x 39” x 11½”, 1992 

Ojato
Ojato

Steel, aluminum, glass, copper, brass, chalkboard paint, 1992-94 
On an isolated airfield in Monument Valley, Utah during WWII, scientists working on the Manhattan project were flown in to inspect uranium deposits mined by Navajo Indian workers. At my last visit to the site in 2011, faded and tattered decals and signs in German remain - a reminder that many German Jewish scientists were expatriated before and after the war to work on the atom bomb development.

 

Doomsday_Clock_Ply.jpg
Doomsday-Clock.jpg
Observer
Observer

Steel, glass, aluminum, copper, lead, clock motor, gold leaf, 40” x 56” x 8½”, 1994-1995
Doctor Davis Bradley was a radiological monitor with the American task force that made the Bikini atomic bomb tests in 1946, one year after the end of WWII. Flying over the test site at Bikini Atoll, Bradley wrote later in his book, “No Place To Hide”, his observations of the world below.

'WS-1171'_1996.jpg
Current
Current

48” dia. x 18”H, etched glass, steel, floats, 2012
Current  incorporates fishing floats and navigational imagery within a steel and glass ring, a sort of floating world. The fishing floats arrived on our own beaches from across the Pacific following the currents that deliver an onslaught of tidal trash that threatens the health of the water and its inhabitants. The floats serve as planetary stand-ins and evoke a celestial orbiting that is at once contained and random. They are circling the drain of man’s continual pressure on the balance of nature for our oceans and seas.

Current
Current
Current (detail)
Current (detail)
Ecliptic_Ring.jpg
Fear-God_side_04.jpg
Big Flame
Big Flame

Pine, paint, 64½” x 25 x 5½”, 1988 
One evening while working in the studio, the twilight was suddenly lit up with a bright orange glow. I rushed to my second story deck to witness a mushroom-like cloud of smoke and fire rising hundreds of feet in the air from a nearby refinery. It was a sobering reminder of the hazards of living in an urban port environment. Though a millionth the power of an atomic blast it conveyed the feeling of an attack – this was more than 10 years before 9/11.

Lonely-Time-Plan_front.jpg
lonely-Time-Plan_back.jpg
Green Rorschach
Green Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

 

Red Rorschach
Red Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

Blue Rorschach
Blue Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

Yellow Rorschach
Yellow Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

Imperial Globe (side one)
Imperial Globe (side one)

World globe (altered), steel, plywood, found objects, resin, raw pigment, 16”H x 13”W x 13”D, 2009/2010

Imperial Globe (side two)
Imperial Globe (side two)

World globe (altered), steel, plywood, found objects, resin, raw pigment, 16”H x 13”W x 13”D, 2009/2010

Fear-God_2005.jpg
J.R.O. Gita
J.R.O. Gita

World globe (altered), steel, gold leaf, frames sections, high density foam, 21.5”H x 18”W x 18”D, 2010

 

 

Fear-God_detail_2004.jpg
Orion_Down_Under2005.jpg
PinHead_2004.jpg
Syncretism
Syncretism

Steel, copper, imaged glass, aluminum, lodestone, pyrite, iron filings, compasses, 42.25”H x 32”W x 32”D, 1990

 

Syncretism (detail)
Syncretism (detail)

Steel, copper, imaged glass, aluminum, lodestone, pyrite, iron filings, compasses, 42.25”H x 32”W x 32”D, 1990

Mexican-Door-Dreams_1976.jpg
Small-Hill-Cut_1976.jpg
Sea Wedge
Sea Wedge

Steel, glass, Douglas Fir, lead, cement, 74”W x 13”L x 7”D, 1976/2012
Sea Wedge dates from 1976 and is updated with a sculptural base that heightens the aspects of the ocean’s erosive effect on the works of man. When Sea Wedge was first made, it was  part of an ongoing series of wedge pieces that were deliberately exposed to effects of environments such as the Mojave Desert, the Santa Ana River and in this case, the waves of the beach below Point Fermin Park. The piece was lashed to a rocky area and left for several weeks to be altered by the natural forces of the weather and tides. It broke loose and floated away only to reappear on the same beach and was spotted by artist and lifeguard, Jay McCafferty. For over 30 years the piece resided in the garden of Michael’s San Pedro studio and further reacted to the elements and time. Now it has been re-contextualized with the addition of a weathered support and a glass ledge extending the association with the clash between nature and the material world.

Mexico
Mexico

Corrugated board, twigs, glass, graphite, 4 1/2' x 10', 1974

Dry Heat, Ion Breeze
Dry Heat, Ion Breeze

Wood, roofing paper, corrugated steel, twigs, 1978

 

Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (Joshua Tree desert installation)
Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (Joshua Tree desert installation)

Wood, roofing paper, corrugated steel, twigs

The sculpture, part of the "Wedge Series", was installed in Joshua Tree for a period of three months prior to exhibition in Barnsdall Park's, "Artist's Investigate the Environment", 1978 

Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail)
Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail)

Wood, roofing paper, twigs, corrugated steel

Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail, end view)
Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail, end view)

Wood, roofing paper, twigs, corrugated steel

Untitled
Untitled

Wood, lead, 47" x 7" x 4', 1977

Untitled
Untitled

Wood, steel, 47" x 7" x 4', 1977

Chihuahua_end detail.jpg
Chihuahua.jpg
Dry Heat Ion Wind_B side.jpg
Dry Heat Ion Wind_detail.jpg
Horizon for HQ_edge detail.jpg
Chihuahua
Chihuahua

Wood, mud, clay, straw, glass, steel

Long House.jpg
Uruapan
Uruapan

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

Uruapan
Uruapan

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

Uruapan, detail
Uruapan, detail

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, 1977

Uruapan, side view
Uruapan, side view

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

Uruapan, side view 2
Uruapan, side view 2

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

1956 Portrait
1956 Portrait (detail)
1956 Portrait (detail)
Reflection
UNQ
1992_2005.jpg
Vision
No Place to Hide
Scintillation
Doak'sDream_2010.jpg
Nagasaki
Ojato
Doomsday_Clock_Ply.jpg
Doomsday-Clock.jpg
Observer
'WS-1171'_1996.jpg
Current
Current
Current (detail)
Ecliptic_Ring.jpg
Fear-God_side_04.jpg
Big Flame
Lonely-Time-Plan_front.jpg
lonely-Time-Plan_back.jpg
Green Rorschach
Red Rorschach
Blue Rorschach
Yellow Rorschach
Imperial Globe (side one)
Imperial Globe (side two)
Fear-God_2005.jpg
J.R.O. Gita
Fear-God_detail_2004.jpg
Orion_Down_Under2005.jpg
PinHead_2004.jpg
Syncretism
Syncretism (detail)
Mexican-Door-Dreams_1976.jpg
Small-Hill-Cut_1976.jpg
Sea Wedge
Mexico
Dry Heat, Ion Breeze
Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (Joshua Tree desert installation)
Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail)
Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail, end view)
Untitled
Untitled
Chihuahua_end detail.jpg
Chihuahua.jpg
Dry Heat Ion Wind_B side.jpg
Dry Heat Ion Wind_detail.jpg
Horizon for HQ_edge detail.jpg
Chihuahua
Long House.jpg
Uruapan
Uruapan
Uruapan, detail
Uruapan, side view
Uruapan, side view 2
1956 Portrait

1998-2008, Found objects, steel, copper, brass, paper globes, wax, Plexiglas and glass, 11’-7” H x 6’-3” D  

This self portrait of sorts–constructed over a ten year period–is a collection of objects and iconographic symbols that transform and coalesce into a layered read open to personal translation.

1956 Portrait (detail)

1998-2008, Found objects, steel, copper, brass, paper globes, wax, Plexiglas and glass, 11’-7” H x 6’-3” D  

1956 Portrait (detail)
Reflection

Steel, painted and gold-leafed plywood, JFK figure, chinese female figure, ecliptic glass, 57’’ x 24’’ x 10½’’, 2010

UNQ

1992, Steel, imaged glass, aluminum, copper, lead, chalkboard paint, found objects, motor, 36” x 39” x 11½” 

Vision

Steel, birch, plywood, playing cards, 70” x 24” x ¾”, 1993

No Place to Hide

Aluminum, mirror, motor, pine, silver leaf, trophy parts, digital print, 95” x 40” x 20”, 1994-2014

Scintillation

Steel, copper, painted plywood, charcoal, blue glass crystal, 57”H x 57”W x 8”D, 2010

 

Nagasaki

Steel, imaged glass, aluminum, copper, chalkboard paint, found objects, motor, 36” x 39” x 11½”, 1992 

Ojato

Steel, aluminum, glass, copper, brass, chalkboard paint, 1992-94 
On an isolated airfield in Monument Valley, Utah during WWII, scientists working on the Manhattan project were flown in to inspect uranium deposits mined by Navajo Indian workers. At my last visit to the site in 2011, faded and tattered decals and signs in German remain - a reminder that many German Jewish scientists were expatriated before and after the war to work on the atom bomb development.

 

Observer

Steel, glass, aluminum, copper, lead, clock motor, gold leaf, 40” x 56” x 8½”, 1994-1995
Doctor Davis Bradley was a radiological monitor with the American task force that made the Bikini atomic bomb tests in 1946, one year after the end of WWII. Flying over the test site at Bikini Atoll, Bradley wrote later in his book, “No Place To Hide”, his observations of the world below.

Current

48” dia. x 18”H, etched glass, steel, floats, 2012
Current  incorporates fishing floats and navigational imagery within a steel and glass ring, a sort of floating world. The fishing floats arrived on our own beaches from across the Pacific following the currents that deliver an onslaught of tidal trash that threatens the health of the water and its inhabitants. The floats serve as planetary stand-ins and evoke a celestial orbiting that is at once contained and random. They are circling the drain of man’s continual pressure on the balance of nature for our oceans and seas.

Current
Current (detail)
Big Flame

Pine, paint, 64½” x 25 x 5½”, 1988 
One evening while working in the studio, the twilight was suddenly lit up with a bright orange glow. I rushed to my second story deck to witness a mushroom-like cloud of smoke and fire rising hundreds of feet in the air from a nearby refinery. It was a sobering reminder of the hazards of living in an urban port environment. Though a millionth the power of an atomic blast it conveyed the feeling of an attack – this was more than 10 years before 9/11.

Green Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

 

Red Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

Blue Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

Yellow Rorschach

Aluminum, electrical apparatus, fluorescent tube, 64” x 10½” x 2”, 1995

Imperial Globe (side one)

World globe (altered), steel, plywood, found objects, resin, raw pigment, 16”H x 13”W x 13”D, 2009/2010

Imperial Globe (side two)

World globe (altered), steel, plywood, found objects, resin, raw pigment, 16”H x 13”W x 13”D, 2009/2010

J.R.O. Gita

World globe (altered), steel, gold leaf, frames sections, high density foam, 21.5”H x 18”W x 18”D, 2010

 

 

Syncretism

Steel, copper, imaged glass, aluminum, lodestone, pyrite, iron filings, compasses, 42.25”H x 32”W x 32”D, 1990

 

Syncretism (detail)

Steel, copper, imaged glass, aluminum, lodestone, pyrite, iron filings, compasses, 42.25”H x 32”W x 32”D, 1990

Sea Wedge

Steel, glass, Douglas Fir, lead, cement, 74”W x 13”L x 7”D, 1976/2012
Sea Wedge dates from 1976 and is updated with a sculptural base that heightens the aspects of the ocean’s erosive effect on the works of man. When Sea Wedge was first made, it was  part of an ongoing series of wedge pieces that were deliberately exposed to effects of environments such as the Mojave Desert, the Santa Ana River and in this case, the waves of the beach below Point Fermin Park. The piece was lashed to a rocky area and left for several weeks to be altered by the natural forces of the weather and tides. It broke loose and floated away only to reappear on the same beach and was spotted by artist and lifeguard, Jay McCafferty. For over 30 years the piece resided in the garden of Michael’s San Pedro studio and further reacted to the elements and time. Now it has been re-contextualized with the addition of a weathered support and a glass ledge extending the association with the clash between nature and the material world.

Mexico

Corrugated board, twigs, glass, graphite, 4 1/2' x 10', 1974

Dry Heat, Ion Breeze

Wood, roofing paper, corrugated steel, twigs, 1978

 

Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (Joshua Tree desert installation)

Wood, roofing paper, corrugated steel, twigs

The sculpture, part of the "Wedge Series", was installed in Joshua Tree for a period of three months prior to exhibition in Barnsdall Park's, "Artist's Investigate the Environment", 1978 

Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail)

Wood, roofing paper, twigs, corrugated steel

Dry Heat Ion Breeze, (detail, end view)

Wood, roofing paper, twigs, corrugated steel

Untitled

Wood, lead, 47" x 7" x 4', 1977

Untitled

Wood, steel, 47" x 7" x 4', 1977

Chihuahua

Wood, mud, clay, straw, glass, steel

Uruapan

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

Uruapan

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

Uruapan, detail

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, 1977

Uruapan, side view

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

Uruapan, side view 2

Wood, cement, bamboo, bottle caps, corrugated steel, pigment, 1977

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