a crop, 2002, plastics, acrylics, cellulose, LEDs

79 x 46 x 19 inches

a crop deals solely with background. The viewer gropes through a pitch-black space to encounter a semi-illuminated landscape of snow-covered trees. Eliminating the protagonist, the artist focuses on an overlooked aspect of vision, the scene behind the action, that which our mind crops out. A closer look reveals that what you see is not always real. The silent black mountain is built from household mixing bowls.

--from ArtScene review Oct, 2002

This work is titled a crop. The title actively participates in the lexicon of landscape architecture, but serve only as a point of departure for work which considers both physical and mental landscapes, as well as the boundlessness of individual experience.

What kind of crop is this? The pouched enlargement of the gullet of a bird; a grown and harvested plant (an apple crop); a batch produced during a particular cycle (current crop of films); a collection (a crop of lies); the stock or handle of a whip; or even perhaps a close cut of hair. Or does it refer to the removal of parts (crop a hedge) (crop a dog's ears); harvesting (crop trout); trimming (crop a photograph); causing land to bear a crop (planned to crop another 40 acres); or possibly to appear unexpectedly or casually (problems crop up daily)?