Philip and I first met back in 2019 when I visited CATBOX Contemporary, an exhibition space he runs inside a cat-tree installed at his house in Ridgewood, Brooklyn. Since then, I have been following his art practice and it was through his showIn This Life You Can Count Lives at Final Hot Desert in 2020 I first became familiar with Ben Sang’s ongoing curatorial practice. After returning from New York, I contacted Ben who invited me to curate a show Final Hot Desert which took place in 2021, titled Siren Fort. On the trip I took to Utah and back I brought this piece Philip gave to me during our most recent studio visit.
The piece is placed it in the tall grass surrounding a the Pineview Reservoir in Eden, a small town near Ogden where Ben and I prepared my contribution for the FHD exhibition at Spiral Jetty.