They stem from his varied background working as a set designer and fabricator and on loft renovation, his broad and deep knowledge of art history, and his keen awareness of the work of his contemporaries. He was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, a city that continues to inflect his art. He moved to Chicago for graduate school, where he also co-founded one of the first independent, artist-run spaces in the U.S., called N.A.M.E. Gallery. After completing his studies, he moved to New York, where he made an early living renovating lofts—which would lead to the singular works he is celebrated for today.