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A selection of works (1988-2018)



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Inorganic Biological Form 14 2018

Galvanized steel wire

each of 13 elements measures:

296 x  14 x 1  cm.


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Rendezvous 23, 2018

Digital image

Dimensions variable


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Beyond the Agentic State 3, 2018

Digital image

Dimensions variable


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Outpost 17_17, 2017

Pigment print on archival paper

180 x 120  cm.

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.A2.B: Bridge: Natural Encounter, 2017

Galvanized tubing, pipe clamps, wood and tree branches

160 x 220 x 70 cm.

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The Truth: According to Times New Roman and Blackoak Std, 2017

20 layered sheets of printed mylar

Dimensions variable

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Gringo, 2016

Production image for the project 
Gringo, an intervention in an existing sidewalk and one of 14 projects for the upcoming exhibition NeoXuitla: Contemporary Archaeology of a Port, for the city of  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Dimensions variable

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Carved Spiral 37, 2016

A single line carved into cut and sanded acrylic sheeting, mounted on a steel frame.

246 x 179 x 6 cm. 

The Spiral Series (1998 -) is inspired by the minimalist drawings of the 70s, the history of the spiral form dating back to primative cultures and fractal systems found in nature ranging from the microscopic to the galactic.

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Applause Machine, 1998-2016

Chrome bicylcle wheel, stainless steel stool, playing cards, wood 
and metal clips

144 x 64 x 50 cm.

Exhibited first in Zürich in 1998, this interactive sculpture acknowledges and applauds the Dada movement as an important driving force in the development of contemporary art.

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Point A to Point B, 2016

Wood, galvanized tubing, pipe
clamps and screws

150 x 280 x 10 cm.

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Rendezvous 21, 2016

Digital print on acrylic sheeting
mounted on Syntra

A colaborative work with artist
Jorge Álvarez

60 x 100 cm.

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Flag: US/MX 3, 2015

cut and sewn flags

100 x 57 cm.

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Unity
Galería Omar Alonso
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 20 - June 20, 2015


La Primera Función del Ojo es 
Reconocer el Peligro, 
2015

tempered glass and enamel with metal frame

260  x 160 cm.












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Davis Birks: Paraíso en Proceso
Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 28 - July 12, 2014


Topografía de un Paraíso, 2014 
Davis Birks, Luís Echeverría

Rebar, wood, plywood, MDF,
steel beam, galvanized tubing,
and various styles of clamps

Dimensions variable

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Topografía de un Paraíso, 2014 
(detail)

Working with architect and  
designer Luís Echeverría, a 
3D topography of Puerto Vallarta was created and then positioned within a rambling structure built 
with common building materials. 
In unison, working together, the clamps sustain the balance of 
this small chunk of paradise within the installation. 

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Rendezvous 17: This Land
Is My Land, 2014 

Oil paint on canvas, plywood and 
printed cloth.
69.5 x 99 x 3.5 cm.

This work is an intervention with a  painting executed by the artist Aldolfo Espinoza de los Monteros. Painted in the early 70s, I found this piece hanging on the wall of one of my favorite jazz lounges, El Patio. Years after an initial request, the owner graciously allowed the evolution. 

Influenced by Mondrian, Fontana and my Scottish heritage, this romantic landscape  has been  zoned for development.

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014


Perfiles Urbanos, 2014 (detail)
Davis Birks, Jorge Ramirez,
Ana Olivera


Vinyl on existing wall
dimensions variable

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Perfiles Urbanos, 2014 (detail)

Working with architects Jorge
Ramirez and Ana Olivera

physical profiles were created
from distinct geographical areas 
of Puerto Vallarta. To personify 
each profile, personal characteristics were then inserted.

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014



Expansion Zone, 2014 

Brick, mortar and live plants
Dimensions variable

In this intallation a brick wall
was built and then destroyed
to create the form of the tree.

Live plants take root in the 
rubble created during the
process.

(photo: Josef Kandoll)

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

5 Generaciones, 2014
Davis Birks, Mary Koruga

view 1

Digital image printed on 
both sides of a cut 6 mm.
sheet of PVC suspended 
with monofilament

100  x 100 x 60  cm.

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5 Generaciones, 2014

view 2

I collaborated with photographer 
Mary Koruga to create this 
installation. We invited one of 
the oldest, respected members of 
the community, Nelly Barquet, 
with her great, great grandson to participate.
Each image shares a side of 
the same core divided into 5
elements, a reference to the 5
generations and continuum 
they are each a part of.

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014


Paraíso, 2014

33 stacked sheets of 6mm. 
glass on a painted wooden
base and vinyl text 

26 x 122 x 26  cm.

paraiso
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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Home, Sweet Home, 2014

Digital C print mounted behind 
cut acrylic sheeting

80 x 176 x 7 cm.

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Pasado/Futuro, 2011-2014

Brick and rebar
Dimensions variable

(photo: Josef Kandoll)

Here, the bricks removed to form
the word Pasado are then used
to form the word Futuro.

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Mancha Urbana, 2014

Vinyl on existing wall
Dimensions variable

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Recuerdos, 2014

Wooden table and shoe 
boxes filled with photos, 
documents and letters from
families of Puerto Vallarta

95 x 60 x 120  cm.

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Recuerdos, 2014 (detail)

Originally inspired by Gabriel 
Orozco's Shoebox, 1993, I 
wanted to fill that emptiness
with memories using the 
common practice of a shoebox 
to store photos, love letters, documents, etc.

Families from Puerto Vallarta 
were invited to share personal 
memories as a way to 
emphasize the need for a 
municipal historical archive.

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Soy Turista, Soy Local, 2014

Laser cut mirrored acrylic 
sheeting, glass and  metal 
frame

80 x 40 x 4 cm. each

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Oficina de Proyectos Culturales
May 28 - July 12, 2014

Urban Landscape, 2014

Carved brick inserted into 
existing wall with electric light

13 x 26 x 7 cm.

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Carved Spiral 26, 2014

A single line carved with a needle in Ampersand Scratchboard.
39  x 36.5 x 5 cm.

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Outpost 16, 2014

Pigment print on archival paper
image size 84 x 107 cm.

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Icarus, 2013

Galvanized wire and artificial turf
47 x 48 x 49 cm.

photo: Diaz Corona

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Push N Shove, 2013

Galvanized wire and artificial turf
118 x 98 x 10 cm.

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US/MX, 2012

Intervention with 1994 Ford Pick-up doors
290  x 122 x 50 cm.

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Time Travellers 5, 6, 7, 2012

New Brick, found weathered brick with mortar, galvanized pipe and pipe clamps
dimensions variable

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Sketch for the Sign Series, 2012

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La Sala, 2012

Detail from the DeTuR Exhibition
New brick, found weathered brick with mortar, sand and rebar

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The Encounter, 2011

Heat altered plastic toys
20 x 38 x 20 cm. 

The same toy horse model  is used to create contrasting reactions.

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The Persistence of Crime, 2011

Heat altered plastic toys
36 x 60 x 39 cm.

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La Red, 2011

20,000 plastic toys mounted on PVC lined stainless steel cables
Each line measures 9.5 meteres
Total dimensions variable

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Tu Y Yo, 2010

Cut tennis shoes with artist's 
blood and cable
dimensions variable

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Soft Soldier 1, 2010

Digital image
Dimensions variable

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Soft Black Horse, 2010

Digital image
Dimensions variable

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Outpost 12, 2010

Digital image
Dimensions variable

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A>Z, 2010

Galvanized steel frames and support, stainless steel metal screen and enamel paint
43 x 700 x 50 cm.

Installation view at the Monastery Ruins, Rüeggisberg, Bern, Switzerland

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Jack N Jill, 2009

Acrylic paint on canvas

130 x 230 cm.

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War Monument, 2009

Cut one dollar US note
6.7 x 15.5 x 6 cm.

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Face to Face, 2009

Digital C print mounted with Sintra and acylic sheeting
60 x 100 cm.

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Empire 2, 2009  (detail)

Folded paper with printed images and one US Dollar Federal note
Dimensions variable

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66 Bonneville 10, 2008

Digital image
Dimensions variable

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Exposure 42, 2006

Acrylic paint mounted on acrylic sheeting
31 x 31 cm.

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Parkque 7, 2005

Acrylic paint, cloth and silkscreen on canvas
178 x 170 cm.

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Carved Spiral 1, 2005

Carved and sanded acylic sheeting mounted on metal frame
246 x 174 cm.

Installation view at the Monastery Ruins, Rüeggisberg, Bern, Switzerland

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Vivarium 15, 2003

Acylic paint behind glass with acrylic frame
20 x 20 cm.

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Three Kinds of Skies Over The Rich Earth, 2002

Cut and assembled paint Pantone
with metal clip

19 x 5 x 1.5 cm.

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Spiral 35, 2002

Permanent ink and acrylic paint on canvas
191 x 178 cm.

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Self Portrait 4, 2002

Perforated carbon digital prints on paper with plastic frames
Each element measures: 12 x 12 x 5 cm.

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A Mi Querida Herida, 2001

Text  on existing wall

Installation view: Plaza Peninsula,
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2008

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Kosutth: Spanglish: La Cultura, 2001

Text and neon on existing wall
proposal

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Extractions: Kosutth: I Paint, 2001

Text on existing wall

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Wait A Minute Please, 2001

Rust impregnated acrylic paint mounted on wood with metal frame
26 x 98 x 5 cm.



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Esperame, 2001

Rust impregnated acrylic paint mounted on wood
35 x 6.5 x 3.2 cm.

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Do You, 2001

Polished steel
180 x 200 cm.

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Good Vibrations: Zürich hb>Stadelhofen, 1998 - 2008

Graphite on paper and wall installation

As travelers, I think our tendency is to focus on the visual aspects of a trip, capturing images of the places and people we want to remember, or share with others. In this group of drawings I decided to record a different aspect of travel…the vibrations as we move from one place to another.

GOOD VIBRATIONS
 is a group of drawings that captures the vibrations and movements while travelling by train. In this project, I 
wanted to explore the possibilities of repeated sequences between designated stations and find out if the drawings would follow a pattern or not in their relationship to each 
other.

Davis Birks, 2011

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Pink Love, 1998

Cut and assembled paint Pantone
with metal clip

15 x 5 x 1.5 cm.

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Rendezvous: Scotch Cloud, 1997

Acrylic paint, printed cloth on canvas
108 x 75 cm.

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Organized Crime, 1997

Cut and assembled playing cards
4 x 6 x 9.6 cm.

photo: Diaz Corona

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Lo Difícil del Poder, 1996

Acrylic paint on wood panel
180 x 243 x 8 cm.

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So Eloquent 2, 1996

Wood, twine, wax, plastic putty and acrylic paint
110 x 5 x 8 in.

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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow, 1996

Drawing performance using water on existing floor

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Transformer, 1993

Aluminum and PVC tubes
235 x 180 x 130 cm.
photo: Diaz Corona

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Get Busy, 1991

Acrylic paint on canvas
150 x 170 cm.

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Social Servants, 1988

Cardboard, polyurethane and steel mounted on a handtruck
Each element measures: 118 x 65 x 60 cm.

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