Neil's Drag Queen Constitution Hour
2023 Woodblock Print 28 x 18 inches
Neil Gorsuch is a constitutional "originalist" His opinions are pretentious and faux folksy. He votes not only conservative but aggressively reactionary, reflecting disdain for progressive precedent. He picks pointless lectures about his superior understanding of the law while flaunting his putative purism.
Edition of 10 and 2 artist proofs from 4 carved blocks
John Plays a Mean Pinball
2023 Woodblock Print 18 x 28 inches
Justice Roberts stares into the reflection only to see Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society staring back. The pinball machine names refer to several cases in which the Roberts Court has dismantled long standing rights.
Edition of 10 and 2 artist proofs from four carved blocks.
Samuel Beset by Durer's Witch
2023, Woodblock Print, 28 x 18 inches
Justice Alito's rationale for overturning Roe v Wade invoked Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th century jurist, seen lurking on the right, noted for his misogyny and presiding over witch trials. The putti impede Samuel's flight from the witch, one offering a fish, a reference to his luxurious patronage from donors.
Edition of 10 and 2 artist proofs from three carved blocks.
Ginni and the Supremes
2023, Woodblock Print, 44 x 32 inches
Ginni Thomas, despite her conflicting testimonies before the January 6th Committee, most certainly influences her husband's preexisting prejudices. Her influence outweighs “Equal Justice Under Law” which is referenced in the print as crumbling from the court’s facade. I copied the pose of the main characters from a 1790's John Faed’s etching titled “Tam O’Shanter and the Witches” to represent Clarence and Ginni Thomas in their exuberant dance as they celebrate their injustice on a backdrop of the ruins of the Supreme Court facade with the Lady Justice statue laying in ruin.
Edition of 9 with 3 artist proofs from four carved blocks
Rudy in Disguise
2022, Woodblock print, 18 x 28 inches
Rudy in Disguise refers to the former NYC mayor turned conspiracy theorist, Rudy Giuliani. He appeared on the tv show The Masked Singer disguised as a jack-in-the-box. The piece reflects on how media is used to rehabilitate and normalize anti-democratic extremists as propaganda and entertainment fuse.
Edition of 8 with 3 artist proofs from 9 carved blocks
Consumed by the Never Was
2022, Woodblock print, 32 x 44 inches
Consumed by the Never Was shows a family consumed by a nostalgia created by media but for most of us never existed. The longing is perpetuated by a politicized media ecosystem that profits from a mythological culture war.
Edition of 10 with 4 artist proofs from a single carved block
Sheltering Against Fascism: Then and Now
2022, Woodblock print, 18 x 28 inches
Londoners sheltering in the underground from the Nazi Blitz on the left side circa 1940 and on the right, people of Kyiv sheltering in their underground from Russian bombardment.
Edition of 10 with 2 artist proofs from two carved blocks.
Still Life with Viktor Orban and Inverted Tucker
2022, Woodblock print, 12 x 12 inches
The Prime Minister of Hungary finds an ally in Tucker Carlson, who promotes Orban's "Illiberal Democracy", a thinly veiled Authoritarianism. Tucker premiered his pseudo-documentary, Hungary VS Soros while broadcasting from Budapest. The footwear refers to the chilling "Shoes on the Danube Bank" Holocaust memorial.
Edition of 10 with four artist proofs from three carved blocks.
That Russia Thing
2022, Woodblock print, 28 x 18 inches
The title, That Russia Thing, originates from the short hand references to charges in the Mueller Report, while the imagery itself refers to the many ways Russia, its' oligarchs, trolls, and Putin work to change perceptions.
Edition of 10 with four artist proofs from four carved blocks.
21st Century Bonaparte
2021, Woodblock print, 18 x 28 inches
21st Century Bonaparte combines a portion of an 1800 hagiographic painting of Napoleon as a Roman Caesar with the contemporary Louvre pyramid in the background. Just as Napoleon's art plunders were prelude to the nascent modern museum the work also refers to the controversies surrounding the demands to return art to its place of origin.
Edition of 10 plus 1 artist proof from two carved blocks
None So Blind
2021, Woodblock print, 32 x 44 inches
None So Blind concerns itself with the downplaying, gaslighting, and obfuscation of the severity of the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection. The helmeted figure purposely looks away to protect the instigators.
Printed in Norwalk, CT at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking by the artist and master printer Christopher Shore.
Edition of 10 plus 2 artist proofs from four carved blocks
Capitol Offense 1814/2021
2021, Woodblock print, 44 x 32 inches
Capitol Offense 1814/2021 combines imagery from the January 6th Capitol riot with an 1814 British wood engraving celebrating the burning of Washington DC and the Capitol building.
Capitol Offense 1814/2021, printed in Norwalk, CT at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking by the artist and master printer Christopher Shore.
Edition of 10 from single carved block
Indifference and Suffering in the Age of COVID-19
2020, Woodblock print, 31 x 48 inches
This piece features the twin realities of our failure to recognize and deal with the Corona Virus pandemic. While vaguely abstract, the left figure casually enjoys a cocktail as the right figure throws up hands in an "I give up" gesture. Death masks stare back and the numbers exponentially show the monthly death toll up until this piece was finished in October of 2020.
Edition of 6 from 4 carved blocks
2020, Woodblock Print, 34 x 48 inches
Rime is inspired by the Coleridge poem, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Created during a period where America is burdened with the twin albatrosses of systemic racism and the ineffective politicized response to the word-wide COVID-19 pandemic.
Edition of 6 plus 4 artist proofs, black from single carved block
The Captivity of Prometheus
2020, color woodblock print, 42 x 31 inches
The Captivity of Prometheus refers to his punishment in retaliation for stealing fire from the gods to deliver to humans. It speaks to the abuse of power by Autocrats.
Edition of 6 plus 2 artist proofs, 6 colors from 3 carved blocks
Moses and the Burning Bush
2020, woodblock print, 29 x 51 inches
Moses and the Burning Bush is based on a photo of a unhoused vet in New York City. As COVID-19 spread through the unhoused community the irony of directives to shelter at home speaks to our wealth inequality and the empty promise to care for at-risk citizens.
Edition of 6 plus1 artist proof, black from single carved block
2020, color woodblock print, 12 x 12 inches
I created Rota Fortunae or Wheel of Fortune in February and March of 2020 upon learning that the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by WHO. Partially a self-portrait of someone at risk due to preconditions and a reminder of the indiscriminate nature of a virus.
Edition of 12 plus 2 artist proofs, 6 colors from 6 carved blocks
Garden Variety Sisyphus
2019, color woodblock print, 42 x 31 inches
These burdens of Sisyphus are as light as flowers; first-world problems, celebrity problems, and complaints of society's privileged. They are the problems of white privilege and class privilege that ignore our social contract.
Edition of 6, 4 colors from 2 carved blocks - Edition of 4, black from single carved block
Windy Day in Hong Kong
2019, color woodblock print, 17 x 25 inches
Windy Day in Hong Kong references the 2019 Hong Kong protest against Mainland China's moves to undermine judicial autonomy. Clashes between police and mask-wearing activists became increasingly violent, with tear gas fogging the streets and live rounds fired.
Edition of 12 plus 5 artist proofs, 5 colors from 5 carved blocks
2016, color woodblock print, 30 x 20 inches
After the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant the “Fukushima 50”, a small band of workers sacrificed their future health to prevent a catastrophic meltdown.
Edition of 8 plus 2 artist proofs, 4 colors from 2 carved blocks
2013, color woodblock print, 24 x 82 inches
Tipping Point has a cool side and a warm side representing climate change. The central imagery is from Mayan petroglyphs showing gods passing to the underworld. One theory speculates the decline of the Mayan civilization was at least partly due to man made climate changes brought about by the massive deforestation projects required to make the lime that covered the vast network of temples throughout Central America.
Edition of 3, 8 colors from 8 carved blocks
Edition of 3, 8 colors from 8 carved blocks