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Surface Topologies, 2016

three-channel 1080p video projection with sound, pvp buckets coated in asphalt, battery cells, green LED lighting, and other scupltural detritus; Dimensions vary; Video TRT: 00:16:00, looped.

Surface Topologies is a multimedia installation that investigates the material history and formal properties of asphalt. Through considering its natural, liquidized form to its expansive rematerializations and industrial applications, Surface Topologies addresses the tropological usage of asphalt to promote ideas of growth, discovery, and futurity.

This project was supported through a Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, which allowed for travel and research at the Pitch Lake in Trinidad and Tobago –– the world’s largest naturally occurring deposit of liquid asphalt. The project was originally showcased at the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX.