Conceptually, my work is a return to form in the digital age; an ironically hypocritical post-post modern denouncement of something that cannot be easily articulated or defined... It curiously juxtaposes the idea of liberty as a burden, nurturing anxiety and fatigue, with the insinuation of containment as necessity.
I've been told that it has a youthful vigor to it, as if it carries the 'teen spirit' of aimless but volatile rebellion, or overwhelming angst. I've always appreciated that suggestion, because such energy doesn't dissipate with age. Rather, it is honed and refined through experience and wisdom. That tension is always there, and it's what makes it so exciting to explore the beautiful frailty of 'self.'
Julius DC Bautista is a Chicago based Filipino-American and USMC veteran interested in psychology, philosophy, cultural history, and film. His work has shown nationwide, and has appeared on NBC drama "Chicago Fire." I'm drawn towards internalized conflict and pensive thought. My portraits depict characters in perpetual states of hypnagogic flux, as if oscillating rapidly between reality and dreams. Saturated patches of color scuffle with neutral flats, contained within jittery contours and frenetic impulses of flourish... My work characterizes a sort of spiritual identity crisis, defining itself through a visual rhetoric comprised of reference and parallel association, never entirely submitting to any distinct category. Taking influence from various eras of the past century (often and/or: pop art, expressionism, art nouveau, surrealism, 60's conceptualism, dadaism), I craft a form of thematic collage, a Frankenstein of culture, a chimera-esque serving of allusion and homage.