Size: 23"W x 14.5"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
A reflection of the urban blight I see all around me in Los Angeles. It's at once a sad and beautiful visual state. The erratic lines of tagging graffiti, fragmented bold color, and a composition, at once chaotic and rhythmic, evoke an emotional and psychological state in the viewer. I use plywood because it is the raw material of the city used to both build and bandage structures.
Each piece is a journey traveled.
Fragments of objects, memories, and impressions rain down, drift over, tumble across, and settle on my work surface.
The creative choices I make are about embracing, excavating, preserving, recovering, reclaiming, reflecting, collecting, and discarding.
This process requires willingness and trust to, "stay with the piece" and "let the work go where it needs to".
I follow directions as they are revealed.
The piece and I arrive at our "destination" always having learned something.
From a very young age I visited the Scaife Gallery at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. I was instantly fascinated and in love with art. Having excelled in art class in school, I attended drawing classes in the basement of the museum and never stopped taking some kind of art instruction after that. In my own work I'm interested in searching for and expressing a kind of "Visual Authenticity, Truth, or Honesty". I strive to create balance, rhythm, and harmony using color and composition to create abstracted patterns. Discord is introduced in an organic way by creating layers that can be added and peeled away. Recognizing when the "accidental is actually the sublime" is crucial and part of the joy I get in creating each piece. At times I work images into the fabric of these abstracts using a photo transfer technique, creating visual associations and allusions. The work finds its way on a path straddling design and unfettered creative expression.