Growth/Decay was the title of Howards first solo exhibition at the Allan Frumkin Gallery in Chicago in 1972. The sculptures were a continuation of work he began at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut and expanded upon at the Art Institute of Chicago. His original motivation was a desire to transform his drawings into three dimension and he found that materials such as wire armature forms covered with fabric, hogs hair, glue, latex, and a variety of other materials were conducive to that purpose. His exhibition was an environmental installation where he created a room within a room covering the walls with his covered forms and the ceiling with a sheet of latex rubber.