Down the River ~ 2

 . . . And here’s the birds! that great you from the street. People do stop to look at them and read their sad story.


As I made alot of these little guys – and big ones too, Mick and I started to call our house, the “bird factory.” It really was set up like a factory with buckets of feathers and birds laid out in certain order.



You can just begin to see the text, trapped in a liquid-appearing epoxy, that people would stop and read from the street outside the gallery.



“Down the River . . .” started in Pittsburgh at the head of the Ohio and took us down the Mississippi to New Orleans. Two narratives ran along these rivers. The one you see here is the reports people called into the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 -14 of toxic dumping and spills along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.



“Down the River” at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati

It’s taken forever and a day to curate, correct and edit these photos, but here comes, Down the River: Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio, a piece I made for the art exhibition, Too Shallow for Diving: the weight of water.



The Weston Art Gallery is a part of the Aronoff Center for the Arts in down town Cincinnati. It’s right near the hotel art museum and the Contemporary.


The Aronoff Center has a big theater in it. The Weston was created as an afterthought, with the entrance gallery being the theatre lobby. The Weston carries itself almost as if it’s a small museum. The staff are incredible and the most generous and professional that I’ve worked with anywhere. They have a physical and online archive for each exhibition and each artist is given a copy of the show archive at the completion of the show. #Amazing