The Best of All Possible Worlds

 The installation combines a full-scale replica of the Apollo Belvedere with copies of Marcel Duchamp’s Three Standard Stoppages, elements of Walter De Maria’s Broken Kilometer, the 1899 International Standard Prototype Metre Bar, and numerous plaster casts made from trash and detritus found in my Philadelphia neighborhood. The Belvedere in particular has a troubling history, as it was used as an ideal of white, male beauty in the ‘scientific racism’ of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Best of All Possible Worlds operates as a kind of museum display from an alternate history, considering the seductions and perils of these abstract ideals by comparison to the messy, complicated, and subjective reality which we inhabit.


Installation, dimensions variable.  Aluminum, plywood, MDF, walnut, mahogany, brass, fiberglass-reinforced plaster, and salvaged pine.