Gambler, 1998, enamel and varnish on birch plywood painting, 23 x 46 in., private collection.
My desire is to make art that is personal, unique, and grows out of a dialogue about the times in which it is created. Repeated encounters with it should yield continued discoveries.
The supersaturated information environment created by marketing, regulatory, and anarchistic voices has been a constant inspiration. With its ability to create schizophrenic juxtapositions of meaning, this unrelenting message jungle has evolved into a virtually enveloping experience in the web reconfigured realm. As hype and consumer desire go hand in hand to facilitate our dependence for constant mainlining of data, my paintings speak to the beauty and absurdity of the bombardment.
By merging a critical approach to content with an aesthetic of hieroglyphics, the resulting painted cacophony is perceived as harmonious. The visual composition makes references to the arrangement of information on bulletin boards, in print media, in the rapid fire visual communication prevalent in televised advertising, in Microsoft Windows architecture, and in maps or diagrams.
The camouflaged symbol and arabesque pattern works I create also mirror modern music’s production, in which sampled sound bytes are added to layered patterns of sound through multi-tracking equipment to from complex orchestrations.
Many different procedures are used to fabricate the intricate images: traditional direct application of opaque paint with tiny brushes, use of masking tape stencils, drawing with fountain pens filled with thinned paint, use of transparent glazes, and precision sanding to reveal the elevated edges of previously painted lines or shapes intentionally covered with contrasting colored paint.
- Artist’s Statement 8/31/98