Electric Park

Jaws Returns to the Water. 2015. Installation View 01. Looping animation on painting (that was filmed to make the animation). 

A looped animation of the fictional shark, Jaws (from the now-extinct, eponymous ride at Universal Orlando), is projected onto the surface of a painting on panel. Covered layer-by-layer in cast and painted acrylic, the painting was used to create the animation, drawing from amateur video footage taken by a ride participant. The looped animation continuously plays the part of the ride in which the animatronic shark fatally bites into electric wires, seeming to be killed and resurrected in succession by the same electrical current.Jaws Returns to the Water. 2015. Installation View 02. Looping animation on painting (that was filmed to make the animation).Jaws Returns to the Water (individual painting). 2015. 21 layers, Matte Medium, Acrylic, on Wood. 10" x 2" x 10".Great American Scream Machine Sendoff Footage. Seconds 4:09 to 4:11. 2014. 23 layers, UV resin, Acrylic. 14.5" x 6" x 9.5".Rocket Roller Coaster Jungle Gym. 2014. Mixed Media on Wood. 48" x 27".Rocket Roller Coaster Negative Space. 2015. Acrylic, Resin, on Wood.It's a Small World- EVACUATED. 2014. Acrylic on Wood. 62" x 48".Expedition Everest- Stuck on the Ride. 2014. Acrylic, Wax, Oil on Wood. 62" x 48".

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Electric Park is a series of sculptural paintings derived from amateur video recordings at American amusement parks. The name not only pays homage to the actual Electric Park of Kansas City, one of the earliest and most symbolic American parks, but to electricity itself, which gave birth to both moving images and amusement parks. These extensively layered works are extracted from the passive lenses of amusement park-goers’ cameras in order to actualize more engaged models of remembrance, play and narrative construction amidst the machinery of one-track rides.