In sequel to the "Schmozone" series of eco-realism, the "Experimental" works examined laboratory animal testing. Environmental issues of that time (circa 1989) such as oil tanker spills (the Exxon Valdez), carcinogenic second-hand smoke, and ozone depletion through aerosol fluorocarbons were explored.
The sub-series of ten "Oils" operated as pseudo generic black & white abstract paintings —in fact, black oil paint was spilled on white mice in an effort to produce these slice-of-timely contemporary paintings. Formally this work borrowed from both spin-art basics as well as Yves Klein's body-prints. The gravity of these "Oils" was concealment of the actual
dead mice sandwiched between the photographs and the backboards.
Other experimental works subjected hamsters to aerosol hair spray, and gerbils to cigarette smoke —the spray cans and the cigarettes were also wedged underneath the canvases.
The "Experimental" series was conceived for an exhibition in Hamburg at the Dörrie-Priess Galerie. To offset the difficult nature of the work, the "Pop" series was created in tandem for the same exhibition.
"Pop" consisted of color photographs of bubblegum, chewed and blown into bubbles; the images resembling pearl-esque organisms. Each photo was mounted to plywood backboards with 50 wads of Bubblicious gum chewed by the artist.

 

Experimental & Pop

"Oil" 1989
"Oil" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, mouse 24" x 24" x 2 inches 61cm x 61cm x 5cm

"Oil" 1989
"Oil" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, mouse 24" x 24" x 2 inches 61cm x 61cm x 5cm

"Oil" 1989
"Oil" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, mouse 24" x 24" x 2 inches 61cm x 61cm x 5cm

"Gum" 1989
"Gum" 1989

Laminated color photograph mounted to plywood with bubble gum 24" x 24" x .75 inches 61cm x 61cm x 2cm

"Gum" 1989
"Gum" 1989

Laminated color photograph mounted to plywood with bubble gum 24" x 24" x .75 inches 61cm x 61cm x 2cm

"Gum" 1989
"Gum" 1989

Laminated color photograph mounted to plywood with bubble gum 24" x 24" x .75 inches 61cm x 61cm x 2cm

"Gum" 1989
"Gum" 1989

Laminated color photograph, plywood, bubble gum 24" x 24" x .75 inches 61cm x 61cm x 2cm

"Gum" 1989
"Gum" 1989

Laminated color photograph, plywood, bubble gum 24" x 24" x .75 inches 61cm x 61cm x 2cm

"Gum" 1989
"Gum" 1989

Laminated color photograph, plywood, bubble gum 24" x 24" x .75 inches 61cm x 61cm x 2cm

"Second-hand Smoke" 1989
"Second-hand Smoke" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, cigarettes 36" x 36" x 4 inches 91.4cm x 91.4cm x 10cm

"Second-hand Smoke" 1989
"Second-hand Smoke" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, cigarettes 36" x 36" x 4 inches 91.4cm x 91.4cm x 10cm

"Ozone" 1989
"Ozone" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, Final Net aerosol spray can 36" x 36" x 4 inches 91.4cm x 91.4cm x 10cm

"Ozone" 1989
"Ozone" 1989

Black & white photograph laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, Final Net aerosol spray can 36" x 36" x 4 inches 91.4cm x 91.4cm x 10cm

Installation of "Oils"
Installation of "Oils"

Installation view of "Oils" at Dörrie-Priess Galerie, Hamburg Black & white photographs laminated to canvas, stapled to plywood, mice each 24" x 24" x 2 inches 61cm x 61cm x 5cm

Hamburger Morgenpost, May 26th, 1989
Hamburger Morgenpost, May 26th, 1989