THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING  neon with driver, wall paint, :90 of programming, 216" x 720" x 1", 2007. Installation view: SFMOMA, 2011. Collection: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

Real American place names that evoke a sense of nothingness. Each of these unlikely spots is identified by its latitude & longitude. The neon animates on and off to illuminate various haiku-like sets of names: NIX NADA NAMELESS, for example.

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING  (detail), 2007

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING  (detail), 2007 

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING  2007

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

DOUBLE STANDARD  two different colors of neon, 12" x 48" x 1", 2007

Identical placenames, with their GPS coordinates, in neon. Together, they create a map of two points. A cartography as willful, arbitrary and accurate as any other.

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

BLUE NEON  two different colors of blue neon, 12" x 48" x 1", 2007

Once again, real American placenames ...

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

HELL – WHISKEY – GUNS – MUD – MICHIGAN  120 minutes of LED animation: glass & wood veneer over LED in steel frame with CPU, driver & software; 72" x 72" x 4"; Michigan State University;2013-4 (consultants: Matt Flynn, Brian Henry). Two hours of programming includes sets devoted to: Adjectives. Palindromes. Gambling. Alcohol. Money. Colors. Sex & Romance. Duels & other conflicts.

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

HELL – WHISKEY – GUNS – MUD – MICHIGAN (detail) 2013-4

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

HELL – WHISKEY – GUNS – MUD – MICHIGAN (detail) 2013-4

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NATURAL NUMBERS gloss alkyd enamel ink screenprint over acrylic on canvas over three panels, 96" x 144" x 2", 2006

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

THE UNITED STATES OF NATURAL NUMBERS (detail)  2006

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

ALERT to WISE (from the series WHERE)  gloss alkyd enamel screenprint on acrylic over panel, 72" x 72" x 1 1/2", 2006

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

COMMERCE to COMMERCE (from the series WHERE)  gloss alkyd enamel screenprint on acrylic with mica over panel, 32" x 32" x 1 1/2", 2006

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

CHAMPION to WARRIOR (from the series WHERE)  gloss alkyd enamel screenprint on acrylic over panel, 72" x 30" x 1 1/2", 2006

THE UNITED STATES OF NOTHING

CLIMAX to CLIMAX (from the series WHERE)  gloss alkyd enamel screenprint on acrylic over panel, 32" x 28" x 1 1/2", 2006

"Climax": a bold claim for any American town – and there are five of them.