Spontaneously Occurring Atmospheric Clowns

Spontaneously Occurring Atmospheric Clowns, Oil on paper, 18″ x 24″, 2017

Nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and genetic editing will merge to form a new synthetic technology platform, producing hoards of nanobots, each no larger than a dust particle but with emergent intelligence. Like swarms of insects, these will work in a networked matrix, remotely controlled like a drone until they begin to act as autonomous agents. They can be inhaled and they can penetrate buildings.

Pendulum

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

The word pendulum can refer to the swinging part of a clock that acts to maintain and regulate movement. But the origin of the word comes from the latin, pendulus, hanging down. Our own gross (large) organs are concentrated in our chest, thorax, neck and head, and our appendages are largely composed of skeletal, muscular, adipose tissue, nerve, skin, etc. In the future, scientists will likely explore the implantation of sensory organs in our appendages to enhance our sensorial capacity. This will be especially useful in military applications.

Industrial Production

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Industrial Production, Blue Conté on Archival Printmaking Paper, approx. 18″ x 12″, 2013.

It’s 2016 and supermarkets in the United States sell eggs labeled “cage-free” at a premium over their “caged” equivalents. Most consumers think that the cage-free chickens enjoy a better life and are willing to pay more for this reassuring belief. But in fact we learn that cage-free chickens are given no more space than their caged brethren and as a result are routinely cannibalized. To make matters worse they are often eviscerated by their cloaca (vagina) because it is a soft target. Pigs are known to have social relationships and complex interior emotional lives. Yet we have dominated the species for our own benefit without regard to their interior lives.