Pressure Flip: Project Outline. 2021. 1 minute duration

Pressure Flip, 2021
This project created its own currency, consisting of nine hand-painted skateboards, and inflated the value of this currency using the art market. About half of the revenue generated was used to fund the creation of four skate features that were installed at DIY skateparks in Manhattan.

Time (∞) Vs. Money ($). 2021. 8.5" x 11" inkjet print. Graph made from archived project spending 

Wheel of Fortune. 2021. 6' x 6' Oil and collage on (9) 32" x 8.5" wooden skateboard decks

Fundraising
Because the skateboards had to be sold quickly to fund the project, the boards took advantage of conspiracy theories’ new icon status to make a marketable product for contemporary consumers. 

Instead of using the aesthetics of occult forums, declassified government documents, and weird sections of reddit to push people further apart, like the Ultra-Right is doing, the source material and references about conspiracy theories are used to fundraise money to put functional art objects in public space with the goal of bringing people together. 

/pol/ (March Madness). 2021. 1' x 2'1" x 6' wood and angle iron.

Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" wood, steel pipe, sheet metal, liquid rubber, brass handles, wheels
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" wood, steel pipe, sheet metal, liquid rubber, brass handles, wheels
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" (detail)
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" (detail)
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" (detail)
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" (detail)
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" (detail)
Astral Projector. 2021. 2' x 3' 6'4" (detail)
Astral Projector. 2021. Back view and detail shot.
Astral Projector. 2021. Back view and detail shot.
Hotrod. 2021. 1'6" x 2'8" x 4' wood, steel, and aluminum cart. Can be taken wherever accessible and disassembled to skate.
Hotrod. 2021. 1'6" x 2'8" x 4' wood, steel, and aluminum cart. Can be taken wherever accessible and disassembled to skate.
Hotrod. 2021. (1) Box. 5" x 2' x 4' wood and angle iron. (2) Launch-ramp. 1'1" x 3'9" x 2'2" wood and steel. (3) Assorted parts for assembly: wooden wheels, PVC spokes, 6' rope, two 32" steel axels, four 1' locking nuts.
Hotrod. 2021. (1) Box. 5" x 2' x 4' wood and angle iron. (2) Launch-ramp. 1'1" x 3'9" x 2'2" wood and steel. (3) Assorted parts for assembly: wooden wheels, PVC spokes, 6' rope, two 32" steel axels, four 1' locking nuts.
Hotrod. 2021. (1) Box. 5" x 2' x 4' wood and angle iron. (2) Launch-ramp. 1'1" x 3'9" x 2'2" wood and steel. (3) Assorted parts for assembly: wooden wheels, PVC spokes, 6' rope, two 32" steel axels, four 1' locking nuts.
Hotrod. 2021. (1) Box. 5" x 2' x 4' wood and angle iron. (2) Launch-ramp. 1'1" x 3'9" x 2'2" wood and steel. (3) Assorted parts for assembly: wooden wheels, PVC spokes, 6' rope, two 32" steel axels, four 1' locking nuts.
Hotrod. 2021. (1) Box. 5" x 2' x 4' wood and angle iron. (2) Launch-ramp. 1'1" x 3'9" x 2'2" wood and steel. (3) Assorted parts for assembly: wooden wheels, PVC spokes, 6' rope, two 32" steel axels, four 1' locking nuts.
Hotrod. 2021. (1) Box. 5" x 2' x 4' wood and angle iron. (2) Launch-ramp. 1'1" x 3'9" x 2'2" wood and steel. (3) Assorted parts for assembly: wooden wheels, PVC spokes, 6' rope, two 32" steel axels, four 1' locking nuts.
Wheel of Fortune. 2021. Oil and collage on (9) 32" x 8.5" wooden skateboard decks. 6' x 6'
Wheel of Fortune. 2021. Oil and collage on (9) 32" x 8.5" wooden skateboard decks. 6' x 6'
Creation and Installation
Earlier this year, Lisa Marie and I painted two murals outside of the School of Visual Arts Flatiron Gallery in Chelsea (image 2). I was frustrated with SVA’s attempts to micromanage the project without compensating us for the time it took to paint the murals. Also, boarding up the windows prior to the inauguration was a cowardly act by the institution in the first place, and in a lot of ways, the murals ended up being free advertising for the school. 

Still, the opportunity was a great experience and I was able to use the leftover materials paid for by the school in a different way. SVA Facilities Management stored the painted plywood after it was removed from the windows and I reused it to build roughly 70% of the skate features I made for this project.

Destroyed box photographed outside of SVA. March 16th, 2021