SCULPTURES

Picnic 2015 Cast ham shoulder in resin, ham stand, violin bow, table cloth, table, and hardware

Is a work that started out as a performance I did in Cologne for a solo exhibition titled Sauce Américaine.  I purchased a shoulder of cured ham with a wooden stand, which comes in a kit from a supermarket in Santiago, Chile. I was inspired because the brand of the “Ham Kit” was my last name: B A T L L E if I crossed out just one letter.  I shipped the ham and stand to my gallery in Cologne and sliced the entire shoulder for the duration of my opening, serving the audience while dressed like a German chef, the work is titled B A T L L E RESERVA.  After, the remains of the shoulder and the stand were shipped to my studio in New York, so I could cast the bones to make a unique form.  While in Cologne I went to the most renowned violin maker and purchased a violin bow.  The final work is the cast form on the original ham stand with violin bow.  Placed on a table covered with a classic American picnic table cloth. 
I WANT TO BECOME IMMORTAL AND DIE 2010

Infamy Surfboard dipped in bronze paint, credit cards, 24k hand cuffs, and wood

Overall 183 x 154 x 61 cm / 72 x 24 x 60 inches on wall

This is a custom made surfboard called “Infamy,” I dipped in bronze.
In this work I wanted to correlate surfing on surfboards and shopping with credit cards; they are two ritualistic obsessions of American society. Each activity has different contexts, but similar structures. Formally is each object is flat and covered in logos. Surfing and shopping comes in waves/sprees/swells/sales, which are contained in a repetitive structure that one must follow to use. These “hobbies” set out to gain or glean something, i.e. the ultimate wave or best pair of shoes. Surfing has a set of swells (things that waves come from) and the custom surfboard. Surfers wait for the right wave, and then drop in, only to swim back out again. The professional shopper predicts the next sale. With their custom designed capital one credit card, he or she looks for the best deal or sale, waits for the next season, finds a reason to buy more, hunting and gathering in a postmodern way. The credit card has a billing cycle of 30 days for the shopper. It is like the high or low tides controlling the size of the waves for the surfer. Both are cyclical, going up and down. Your credit limit controls the size of your debt and the moon and weather makes the waves, two external forces controlling our highs and lows. In a Capitalist society, it is always more, higher, bigger, that is until you wipeout or run out of credit. During these motions, we think we decide our tastes, in an all American looking-out-for-number-one fashion type way, believing that this is freedom.
 
Middleman 2009

Elizabethan pull chain toilet turned into a fountain with beer tap, and mixed materials

Overall 304 x 81 x 61 cm / 120 x 32 x 24 inches

This is a fully functioning fountain originally inspired from the “Mannekin Pis” sculpture in Brussels (a bronze figurative sculpture of a boy pissing into a pond, reproduced to infinity). The middleman is a continual cycle of beer tap to toilet (Red food coloring for the Nyehaus version pictured here). There are a lot of obvious references, but the best part of this piece is the sound of water falling, which makes you want to pee.

Shop Or Die 2009 Credit cards, neon, mirrors, and hardware

The color and number of sculptures correlate to America’s Homeland Security Advisory System. This alert system was famously put together after 911 in America. According to ex-president Bush Jr., it was to be counter-measured with shopping. “Stop terrorism, go shopping.”
Credit Sharks 2009

Infamy surfboard, paint, wax, credit cards, 24k gold handcuffs, chain, key, on wooden wall mounts

Overall 183 x 154 x 61 cm / 72 x 24 x 60 inches on wall

This is a custom made surfboard called “Infamy.” In this work I wanted to correlate surfing on surfboards and shopping with credit cards; they are two ritualistic obsessions of American society. Each activity has different contexts, but similar structures. Formally is each object is flat and covered in logos. Surfing and shopping comes in waves/sprees/swells/sales, which are contained in a repetitive structure that one must follow to use. These “hobbies” set out to gain or glean something, i.e. the ultimate wave or best pair of shoes. Surfing has a set of swells (things that waves come from) and the custom surfboard. Surfers wait for the right wave, and then drop in, only to swim back out again. The professional shopper predicts the next sale. With their custom designed capital one credit card, he or she looks for the best deal or sale, waits for the next season, finds a reason to buy more, hunting and gathering in a postmodern way. The credit card has a billing cycle of 30 days for the shopper. It is like the high or low tides controlling the size of the waves for the surfer. Both are cyclical, going up and down. Your credit limit controls the size of your debt and the moon and weather makes the waves, two external forces controlling our highs and lows. In a Capitalist society, it is always more, higher, bigger, that is until you wipeout or run out of credit. During these motions, we think we decide our tastes, in an all American looking-out-for-number-one fashion type way, believing that this is freedom.
 
Beginner’s Luck 2012

Cast resin with stainless steel armature, wax, patina, paint, and galvanized steel base

Overall: 213 x 71 x 71 cm 84 x 28 x 28 inches Originally commissioned for the Rothchild’s Bank in London, but failed because of Lehman Brother bank melt down of 2008, this work is the Monopoly player icons blown up 1200 times in scale.
In Advance Of A Bad Tip 2009

Powder coated stainless steel, canvas, silkscreen, coins, dollar bill

Overall 213 x 81 x 60 cm / 84 x 32 x 24 inches

This sculpture’s title is inspired from Duchamp’s work “in Advance of a Broken Arm”. This Duchampian sculpture is one of my favorite pieces for its “Tom and Jerry” qualities; Duchamps’ shovel floats like a comic book question mark in the air above the viewer, I saw it at the Pompidou. In my work the readymade element is money. My work takes two generic versions of serial painting and minimal sculpture and puts them together on the same physical level. Like a waiter and a patron of a restaurant (depicted in the silkscreen) roles are
established between the two mediums and how they “wait on each other.” Finally the work incorporates real money (“The Tip”) as the formal element that creates a narrative between them. In my opinion this is the
antithesis of both Art movements. Serial painting and minimalism sought to remove the pathos of the artist’s hand from the work. Here the hand is put back in, but as a waiter’s hand carrying a tray or a customer hand dishing out a tip, showing the labor behind the finished object.


Peripheral Conversations of Self Validation
(Drinking too much coffee and talking too much) 2009


Powder coated steel, extension cord, ceramic NYC coffee
cups and hardware

Overall 274 x 91 x 61 cm / 108 x 36 x 24 inches

his work is inspired from all the NYC fire escapes. It is an ongoing series I started in 1999 when I first moved to NYC. This fire escape sculpture is in Safety Yellow powder-coated steel. Through out the steel structure runs a line using a mocha colored extension cord to draw in the negative space. It is a version of the children’s game telephone; with the iconic paper coffee cups made of ceramic as the receivers. The sculpture could illustrate the distortion of personal communication in an urban environment. It creates a beautiful shadow drawing on the wall inspired from a Rodchenko piece I saw at the MoMA made of wood.