The Yaddo 2016 residency mandate was to surprise myself. Most of the projects and bodies of work undertaken up until that point were monochrome, found, muted color mostly, site specific and/or history focused. The conceptual rigor of connecting to a site or historic body was always the key driver. This body of work would be different. It was strictly experimental and for FUN...
The Farther Land project is focused on large scale abstraction. Developing the larger works involves creating prototypes and small experiments.
The Spook™ project tells the true story of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave who becomes a spy for America's first director of central intelligence, George Washington. The project focuses on making images and cultural activities that reconstruct this forgotten Founding Father.
in_authentic_b is a multimedia installation project... a near feature-length multi-channel project that encompasses an exploration of two locations, London and Ghana.
This series of handsewn rubber quilts were done initially to avoid using any digital media and to get a clean start. It's my first independently authored body of work. The work received a Pollock Krasner Grant.
X-PRZ existed from 1991-2000. The biracial "art band" had four members: Tony Cokes, Doug Anderson, Kenseth Armstead, and Mark Pierson. Their collaboration relied on the manipulation of vernacular material (found images, texts) to question cultural practices, from critical theory to pop music. The group's provocative "cultural actions" took the forms of installation, photography, painting, sculpture, and video.