Recently I finished a series of ten paintings. I began this body of work with the intent to make ten small, identically-sized paintings. I also wanted to work with a very limited palette to focus my efforts towards composition, not color. The 'under-drawings' and color palette were determined via a preliminary still life photoshoot of kitsch objects and studio supplies.

MKH 2018 series 01
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 10", 2018
MKH 2018 series 02
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 8", 2018
MKH 2018 series 03
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 10", 2018
MKH 2018 series 04
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 10", 2018
MKH 2018 series 05
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 8", 2018
MKH 2018 series 06
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 10", 2018
MKH 2018 series 07
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 8", 2018
MKH 2018 series 08
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 8", 2018
MKH 2018 series 09
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 10", 2018
MKH 2018 series 10
Untitled, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 10", 2018




Rendered, Contained XI and Rendered, Contained X were accepted into the 2018 MassArt Auction, an annual event that raises money towards student scholarships and academic programs at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. All works were on view and open to the public at the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston from March 29 to April 5. The auction took place on April 7, 2018.

MKH Auction 2018
Rendered, Contained XI, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 6", 2017
Rendered, Contained X, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 6 1/4", 2017

Rendered, Contained 03
Rendered, Contained III, Acrylic on Panel, 8 X 6", 2017
Rendered, Contained 10
Rendered, Contained X, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 6 1/4", 2017
Rendered, Contained 04
Rendered, Contained IV, Acrylic on Panel, 12 X 8 5/8", 2017
Rendered, Contained 08
Rendered, Contained VIII, Acrylic on Panel, 9 3/8 X 6", 2017
Rendered, Contained 11
Rendered, Contained XI, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 6", 2017
Rendered, Contained 14
Rendered, Contained XIV, Acrylic on Panel, 10 X 6 1/4", 2017





DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, on view at the Godine Family Gallery, Boston from April 9–14, 2017, riffed on the concept and competitive spirit of the Boy Scouts’ famous Pinewood Derby. Curated by Ian Gage and I, Derby served as spiritual successor to Putt Putt: A Playable Mini Golf Course, displayed in the Student Life Gallery a year prior. Emphasis on interactivity helped to set apart these shows from their counterparts. Artists created kinetic sculptures—be they car or anti-car—that gallery visitors could race along a custom-made, six lane, 34–foot long track bisecting the gallery. Also included were 2D submissions that addressed concepts of racing, speed, and competition, as well as murals of scouts gearing up for the derby.

A total of 20 artists created 37 cars, ultimately arrayed resplendent with all the fixings of a real raceway. Examples of cars included those made entirely of raw potatoes, an internally lit unicorn riding a cloud, a wheel covered in wheels, and an enormous Milk Duds box replica.

The reception on Thursday, April 13, 2017 featured an 11–heat bracketed tournament which determined the first, second, and third place champions. All the pageantry of a traditional derby, including a judge and parents of the entrants, made it a memorable night.

Derby01
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby02
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby03
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby04
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby05
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby06
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby07
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby08
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017
Derby09
DERBY: An Interactive Sculpture Raceway, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, April 2017





In 2016 I created a series of paintings about Twitch.com, a video live-streaming platform:

MKH Wild Animal Racing
Untitled (Wild Animal Racing), Acrylic on Panel, 22 X 13", 2016
MKH GML: 2 Combo
GML: 2 Combo, Acrylic and Graphite on Paper, 17 3/4 X 11 7/8", 2016
MKH Chatroom
Welcome to the Chatroom!, Acrylic on Panel, 12 X 9", 2016
MKH Practicing
Practicing :D, Acrylic on Paper, 23 1/2 X 16 3/4", 2016





In March 2016 I participated in Putt-Putt, a group exhibition on view in the Student Life Gallery, Boston. The goal of this exhibition was to create a series of interactive sculptures that would collectively serve as a playable mini golf course. My contribution to this project was Golf Thoughts, an installation with a video projected onto the gallery wall, and several paintings installed on astroturf.

MKH Golf Thoughts 2
Golf Thoughts, Mini-Golf Hole with Video Projection. Plywood, Wood, Acrylic, Canvas, Astroturf, Projector, Extension Cord, 2016
MKH Golf Thoughts 1
Golf Thoughts, Mini-Golf Hole with Video Projection. Plywood, Wood, Acrylic, Canvas, Astroturf, Projector, Extension Cord, 2016
MKH Golf Thoughts 3
Golf Thoughts, Mini-Golf Hole with Video Projection. Plywood, Wood, Acrylic, Canvas, Astroturf, Projector, Extension Cord, 2016
MKH Golf Thoughts Still 01
Golf Thoughts (still), Digital Video, 4:00, 2016
MKH Golf Thoughts Still 02
Golf Thoughts (still), Digital Video, 4:00, 2016
MKH Golf Thoughts Still 03
Golf Thoughts (still), Digital Video, 4:00, 2016
MKH (1)Rolling hills
(1) Rolling hills, Acrylic on Panel, 12 X 18", 2016
MKH Golf Is
Untitled ("Golf is..."), Acrylic on Chipboard, 11 1/2 X 7 1/2", 2016





For the 2015 winter holiday season, I coordinated an art swap. All participants were tasked to make and/or send an artwork to thier assigned artist before January 1, 2016. As a gift to participants for their time and interest in the project, I created mixed-media works on paper that were sent to everyone.

MKH Swap I
Holiday Swap I, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Paper, 2015
MKH Swap II
Holiday Swap II, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on paper, 2015
MKH Swap III
Holiday Swap III, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Paper, 2015
MKH Swap IV
Holiday Swap IV, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Paper, 2015
MKH Swap V
Holiday Swap V, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Paper, 2015
MKH Swap VI
Holiday Swap VI, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Paper, 2015
MKH Swap VII
Holiday Swap VII, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Paper, 5 X 7", 2015





T.A.C.D. are reflections on spontaneous glitches that occured for several months on my laptop.

MKH TACD 05
T.A.C.D. V, Ink, Acrylic, and Highlighter Tape on Panel, 5 X 7", 2015
MKH TACD 06
T.A.C.D. VI, Ink, Acrylic, Graphite Powder, and Moulding Paste on Panel, 5 X 7", 2015
MKH TACD 01
T.A.C.D. I, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Panel, 5 X 7", 2015
MKH TACD 02
T.A.C.D. II, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Panel, 5 X 7", 2015
MKH TACD 04
T.A.C.D. IV, Ink and Acrylic on Panel, 5 X 7", 2015
MKH TACD03
T.A.C.D. III, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite Powder on Panel, 5 X 7", 2015





MKHPlywood01
Untitled (Diptych), Ink, Acrylic, and Oil on Plywood, 22 X 14", 2015
MKH Ultrasound
Untitled (Post-Ultrasound Reflections), Ink, Acrylic, and Oil on Panel, 30 X 22", 2015
MKHPlywood 02
Untitled, Ink, Acrylic, Graphite Powder, and Oil on Plywood, 22 X 14", 2015
MKH Impossible Object
Impossible Object II, Acrylic and Oil on Panel, 16 X 16", 2015
MKH After Zatlaz
Untitled (After Zatlaz), Oil on Panel, 22 X 14", 2015
MKH Paper Mood 01
Paper Mood I, Oil on Panel, 2015
MKH Impossible Object 01
Impossible Object I, Oil on Panel, 12 X 6", 2015





Ian Gage and I produced a series of collaborations. The rules were as follows:

1) Participant One makes a mark or gesture of any kind on a surface
2) Participant Two responds by making a mark or gesture of any kind on said surface
3) Repeat steps 1 and 2 until both participants agree the collaboration is complete

MI Collab 04
Collaboration with Ian Gage IV, Acrylic and Pencil on Found Canvas, 5 X 7", 2014
MI Collab 01
Collaboration with Ian Gage I, Acrylic on Found Canvas, 6 X 6", 2014
MI Collab 03
Collaboration with Ian Gage III, Acrylic and Collage on Found Canvas, 6 X 6", 2014





MKH Blendland 05
Blendland V, Oil and Spray Enamel on Panel, 12 X 6", 2014
MKH Paint-Swatch Polygon
Untitled (Paint-Swatch Polygon), Acrylic, Spray Enamel, and Oil on Panel, 11 X 14", 2014
MKH Paper Mood 03
Paper Mood III, Matte Medium Transfer and Oil on Panel, 7 X 11", 2014
MKH Paper Mood II
Paper Mood II, Oil on Canvas, 11 X 14", 2014
MKH Blendland 03
Blendland III, Oil on Recycled Panel, 11 X 14", 2014
MKH Blendland 01
Blendland I, Oil on Panel, 11 X 14", 2014

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