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Memorial

Dimensions 36in. x 32in. x 7in. –Variable!
Medium:: Dirt taken from the grave of Rezső Seress, domed glass frame, satin, window shade, wood
A memorial artwork in honor of Jewish-Hungarian composer Rezső Seress – composer of the song “Gloomy Sunday”. Shortly after Seress wrote the now famous song in 1933, it was changed. The haunting melody remained, but a tragic love song, sang by Billie Holiday saw the replacement of the original words. For this reason, Seress’ native Hungarian lyrics remain largely unknown. A victim of Nazi labor camps, his words about war and apocalypse were a reflection of the despair of living in WWII Europe – a sentiment that ends in a prayer. The translation of the passage “Vége a Világnak/End of the world” is cut into a window shade. The words project onto a domed frame containing dirt from the grave of Rezső Seress, give voice to a lost expression.
Dimensions 18in.x13in.x14in.
Medium:: Cast aluminum, white flocking, black flocked paper, quill body
This two-part sculpture uses the symbol of the rabbit as a magical gimmick. While only the “head” is pictured here, in one sculpture the rabbit appears to be jumping into a black hole—in the other it is jumping out. The flat ellipse refers to the magician’s top hat as a plane that the rabbit is able to magically penetrate and pass through. It’s the visual idea that something is able to appear from or disappear into a space that seems physically impossible and emerge somewhere else. It also seems to suggest the notion of physics wormhole theory, a topological shortcut passage through space-time.
Dimensions 8in. x 26.5in. x 5in.
Medium:: Dirt dug from the site where the car burned and is buried, wood, resin, dirt
A scale model of President Abraham Lincoln’s personal train car commemorates the passing of a president and the journey that the car took as it carried Lincoln’s body from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Long after the funeral procession, the passenger car was bought by Soo Line Railroad president, Thomas Lowry. He used it as an office to sell plots of land in Columbia Heights, which is now a first-ring northern suburb of Minneapolis. The model car is cast from dirt dug from the site where the original car burned in a 1911 prairie fire, on corner of Quincy and 37th Ave.

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