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Habitat, 2012 Site:Lab, Grand Rapids, MI

For my latest project, Habitat, in the Mammal Hall of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum, I created a site-specific installation, juxtaposing the existing landscapes of 27 habitat dioramas built in the mid-20th century with contemporary architectural intervention. By doing so, I explored what happens in an environment when overlaying a geometric abstraction onto representational yet "virtual" spaces. Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press wrote, “The New York artist magically transforms the natural history dioramas in a gallery through the imposition of architectural forms. In one, wooden grids hold deer captive. In another, visitors walk inside the environment via a bridge: present reality invading a mythologized past.”

Tyler Green, editor of Modern Art Notes and columnist for Modern Painters, selected "Habitat" from a short list of five ArtPrize installations as 2012 Two-Dimensional Winner.

Here is a video link, Tyler Green talking about why he chose Habitat.