Tank consists of a series of aquariums populated by multi-colored coral, each species vying for superiority over the other. The title of this work is multivalent, referring simultaneously to the aquariums, and to the translucent resin cast fragments of a decommissioned M-60 Patton military tank that construct the architecture within each of these. The cast resin pieces allude to the practice of sinking decommissioned tanks and other military apparatus in order to construct artificial coral reefs, thus rendering these tools of destruction into life-sustaining habitats. The vibrant colors that the viewers encounter in these tanks are not, however, entirely peaceful; as the polyps grow, they encroach on each other’s boundaries, thereby creating new visual demarcations of color and density while simultaneously exposing a slow motion war for survival. Tools of large-scale displacement are reclaimed by much smaller organisms only to become a microcosmic reflection of the colonialism they once facilitated. Produced in conjunction with Grand Arts Kansas City.
Kavi Gupta Gallery, 2015
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans as part of “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” 2015 Grand Arts, Kansas City, 2014