Size: 8.5"W x 11"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Like many of the US artists of the last century, I come from the industrial Midwest. During their tenure as a developing artist, they witnessed the prosperous 20th Century brimming with high employment, non-stop development and a place within the "American Dream". Movements such as "Pop Art" exude this industrial optimism. My “Rust” series of artworks, however, offer an introspective portraiture of what exists today of the same area we now simply call the "rust-belt". Optimism has long since been displaced by pessimism and urban decay.
Artist was born 1971 in Toledo, Ohio USA and still resides in and around the area today. He studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and earned a degree in Industrial Design (1993). As the progenitor of Post-Technology Modernism, or simply called Pessimism, he re-introduces us to a contemporary art of old-fashioned contemplation. The philosophies of the absurdist run concurrently throughout his pieces as he presents issues such as religion/philosophy, mortality, morality, disease, or just art banality. Never satisfied with one medium, he dabbles in all and usually begins or returns to pencils and charcoal as one that he believes transcends all others; “…that is how man began creating art in the caves 15,000 years ago.” Trained as a designer, the artist essentially presents us with sketches that serve as visual novels from his mind. He has recently shown in galleries in the United States and Europe.