Inhabiting an abandoned branch of a local Christian family and social services center, TYPOE’s new body of work touches on the inherent disparities between a fun-and-friendly operation on the surface, populated by sinister undertones of failure and entrapment. A loose reference to the infamous opening day of Disneyland, California in late July 1955, ‘Black Sunday’ witnessed what was meant to be the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ morph into a surreal nightmare for visitors and executives, alike. Counterfeit tickets, sweltering summer temperatures (with no operational drinking fountains), dozens of rides shut down and shoes literally sinking into the fresh asphalt plagued over 28,000 visitors. TYPOE channels that intensely physical experience of discomfort and disillusionment into this new series, while still maintaining a firm grasp of significant influences in the realm of highbrow modern and contemporary art.
The appearance of a heavy curtain over a stage evokes sensations of grandeur, heroism, rousing beginnings and tragic ends. Finely crafted from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) garbage bags, TYPOE engages a sombre metaphor of life’s stage being laid to waste where nervous, hopeful children once stood and community ministers preached their gospel. A native to the hardened streets of Miami, TYPOE resurrects Marcel Duchamp’s iconic upside-down ‘Bicycle Wheel’ (1951) in the form of a gold-plated and chromed, customized ‘Low Rider’ bicycle. Mounted onto a cinder block (immediately recalling the criminal act of stealing wheels off of cars and bicycles), this tongue-in-cheek tribute to the father of Conceptual Art takes on the bling and swing of the Hip-Hop and Rap sectors.