The Opioid Spoon
Wrought with emotion, The Opioid Spoon, which began as a 10 ft Monumental Steel sculpture, and has evolved into smaller Bronze and Nickel Plated Aluminium Editions, is at once deeply personal and highly public. They refer quite obviously to the Opioid Crisis which has and continues to decimate lives, families and communities across the United States and the World. It is a crisis which has touched countless lives, including those of the Artist’s family.
The work began with the performative action of ‘dropping’ 10.5 ft Steel sculptures outside the offices of key players in the crisis, notably Purdue Pharma as well as the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Recently, a specially created piece travelled along the Eastern United States, stopping at more than a dozen locations where it acted as a blank canvas and could be signed in memory of those already lost to the opioid crisis.
The Bronze Edition, titled ‘Accountability’, bears a ‘stain’ that shines a light on the architects of the opioid crisis. The Nickel Plated Aluminium, entitled ‘Hope’ has had this stain removed, pointing to a future free from this hideous affliction.
– The ‘Drops’
– The Honor Tour
– The Accountability Editions
– The Hope Editions
Earlier works attest to the artist’s passion for working in metal. Also evident is his animated and curious exploration of the multiplicity of techniques deployed. The works are conversant with a range of cultural and historical touchpoints.
Passion, Humility and Death