For the series “Donuts of Long Beach”, every known, independently owned donut shop in Long Beach, CA with “donut” in the title was visited. A plain glazed donut was purchased with a specialty donut and both were documented by placing the objects and receipts for the objects on a flatbed scanner in a darkened room, creating a high resolution scan to accentuate the objects’ gemlike qualities. The final installation is made of a grid of approx. 60 images, each 5×7”, pinned directly to the wall with white map pins. The series presents multiple threads, questions, and some dead ends within seemingly “straightforward”, evidentiary imagery.
2007, prints are 7×5″, installed in a grid of 56 prints (7 across, 8 high), pinned to the wall with white map pins.
I noticed that despite independent management, Long Beach donut shops often attempted to reflect the predictability and price competition present in franchise organizations. “The Weight of Non-Franchise Meat” is a series of color photographs documenting an imaginary “burger war” between these independent restaurants that exist in the shadows of larger, franchise establishments. The project is in homage to Robert Cumming’s 1971 artist book, “The Weight of Franchise Meat,” in which Cumming traveled from franchise to franchise, ordering hamburgers, teasing the meat from its wrappings, weighing it on a postage scale, and documenting the results. I used a view camera and color film in order to re-enchant these objects and their environments with aesthetic potential.
2008, prints are 11×14″ installed in a grid or line, pinned to the wall with white map pins