This series of paintings depicts my personal exploration into the nature of balance and harmony.
The core idea behind each piece stems from the commonly known symbol for the Yin and Yang - two opposing forces united in endless symmetry. The foundation of this series is a universal formula starting with a juxtaposition of light and dark, followed by the application of representation, and finally establishing a unity between those two elements. There are recurring factors within the work, and I think it's important for the viewer to know my personal reasons for them. I read the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke when I was in high school, and it had a profound effect on me. It made me question science, religion and the origins of our existence. The multiple shapes in my work resembling vessels, either seemingly of sea or air, are a symbol of those unanswered questions. These convoys are a portrait of the inevitable journey we will one day take if we are to survive as a species.
As an artist, my goal is to try and portray some of the aesthetics I have gained while developing my work over the years. I feel that few, including myself, can control what their creations invoke once they have been abandoned. I hope that this orchestration of line and shape will install some small part of the tranquility we find when confronted by the perfection of nature. Or even perhaps a clarity that could only be born from the pure chaos that is the structured life of our twenty-first century.
I was born in 1976 and, according to the Chinese zodiac, it was the year of the Dragon. We had entered a dawn of video games and home box office theatre for the American youth. Genres of science fiction and fantasy were at the forefront of my media interests. I studied authors such as Tolkien and Frank Herbert to share visions of my imagination on a grand scale. Traditional martial arts also became a large part of my lifestyle. It was a childhood fascination, but after countless hours of old Kung Fu movies, I decided to become a practitioner rather than a spectator. I received my Bachelor's Degree in fine arts from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004. Other interests of mine have included billiards, chess and fencing. Many of these aspects of my life have played major roles over the conceptual process in my work today. When I began sketches that would evolve into these finishes pieces, I was working in a corporate call center to make ends meet. As in most mundane cubicle jobs, the inevitable doodle will occur. Unconsciously, my markings took on similarities to Chinese calligraphy, Arabic type, and even musical notes. Eventually these scribbles of random characters found their way into my paintings. Just as communication in all its forms binds us and allows us to do great things, it became a binary code, or the primordial glue that would hold my ideas together.