Photographs from my project, "Sneakerhead Nightmare - The Death of Air
Jordan", were recently featured in two local shows, The Arlington Arts Gallery Annual Holiday Exhibition and
the DC Arts Center "Emancipation" Exhibition.
photographs are a commentary on the financial slavery imposed on our youth by the overwhelming pressure to keep up with the
latest clothing styles and electronic devices. The Air Jordan basketball shoe is just one example of how athletic brands such
as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour have grown increasingly out of control in today's marketplace.
Nike will only release a limited number of each model, thereby encouraging consumers to commit
desperate acts to obtain them. Customers have been hurt - and even killed to get the sneakers.
My project is partially inspired by artist/activist
Ai Weiwei's breaking of Han Dynasty urns. In a similar (but not identical) concept, I have destroyed the collectible
and highly coveted Air Jordan 11's. The destruction of these shoes symbolizes freedom from the shackles of commercialism and
economic peer pressure.