Despite a lack of formal training, I’ve been “studying” art since I was inspired by the Op, Pop, Minimalist and Conceptual currents of contemporary art while growing up in the 1960s.

My big epiphany was seeing a retrospective of work — in Chicago, in 1981 — by Detroit’s Cass Corridor artists. Not coincidentally, the Cass Corridor movement was another byway of the turbulent ’60s, and the artists there had blazed new trails in abandoning traditional forms and media. Their raw, energetic and uncompromising art was largely composed of found materials such as rope, motor oil, duct tape and scrap metal — the detritus of a struggling Rust Belt community.

Invigorated by the work of those artists, as well as the burgeoning DIY ethos of the punk era, I began investigating my first mature approach to art. These first, abstract paintings were done exclusively on recycled Kraft paper, corrugated cardboard and oversized calendars, using leftover house paint and half-empty spray cans. Soon incorporating other found materials, my work took a turn toward collage and assemblage.

From the mid-’80s until 1998, I published the independent music magazine Option, and my art retreated to a smaller scale and a secondary activity. I have pursued art full-time since 2001, when my output shifted dramatically toward developing complete bodies of work drawing on minimalism, conceptualism, installation and process art.

Beginning with the Iris Series in 2003, I have shown work publicly via my studio gallery, also called arts&labor. Much as the Iris Series offered manipulations and juxtapositions of one image, organized in regimented grids and defined by the patterns of the framing, my Glass Jar sculptures offer similar systems of repetition, fragmentation and containment using recycled materials and commonplace objects. The International Klexography Project of 2006 draws from many of the same impulses while turning to a more painterly approach.

After working in Los Angeles for 25 years, I relocated to rural Vermont in 2007, where I currently live with two bad cats.