Thoughts

Thoughts on Altar (2/2)

September 15, 2017 1:58 pm Leave your thoughts

I’ve always had a fascination with empty windows – particularly at night when there is nothing but pure black, no visual cues to help you orient yourself. Just an opaque sheet of glass revealing nothing of the outside and reflecting the interior it looks out from. For me, there’s something about this visual that is charged with nervous anticipation. It’s the feeling we get when our perception is limited and our survival instincts kick in – when we’re flying blind and can’t defend ourselves because we can’t accurately perceive the threat. When I was a kid, I’d drive myself crazy... View Full Article

Thoughts on Altar (1/2)

September 15, 2017 1:06 pm Leave your thoughts

Like with most of my work, Altar started off with a vague concept and a desire to paint something because I liked the way it looked. It was a domestic scene from my girlfriend’s mother’s house that we’d now visited enough times for me to become familiar with and move from absently gazing at to actively capturing. I took a few clumsy photos of the empty windows with my arm stretching up toward the kitchen light – the illusion of 3 separate arms created by the oddly angled plates of vintage glass. After sorting through the photos, I decided to... View Full Article

Bicoastal_4 Timelapse

October 3, 2016 2:02 pm Leave your thoughts

For every painting I’ve worked on in the past few years, I’ve documented each step of the process with a series of time-lapse photos. This habit developed out of a need to better understand my own process, to analyze what works and what doesn’t, to remind myself of the paths I started to head down and then decided to abandon. It serves as a reminder of the stages that were tied to feelings of serious doubt and frustration – stages that may start to fade away after the painting is completed and I’m relatively satisfied with it – so that... View Full Article

Waruta 4: Final Thoughts

March 20, 2016 4:58 pm Leave your thoughts

If you’re wondering whether or not I stand behind all of the sad sack philosophizing I just spewed in my last post, I guess the answer is: sort of. The assumption that the universe is spiritless, savage chaos and that anything uniquely human can be boiled down to animal urges has, sadly, always felt like the most reasonable explanation to me. But it has also always felt a bit too simple; a worldview spawned by brilliant scientific minds seeking order but possibly tainted by mental rigidity, destructive thought patterns and, perhaps, contempt for the non-brilliant masses. In some ways it... View Full Article

Waruta 3: Thoughts on Maruta (Waiting Pool)

March 19, 2016 5:42 pm Leave your thoughts

Both Wading Pool and Maruta were originally based off of digital collages, but after a prolonged struggle with capturing the realism I wanted for Maruta, I ended up building a small scale model essentially recreating the interior I had pieced together in the collage. This allowed me to control the amount of overhead lighting and accurately perceive how the light would illuminate the walls, objects, and surrounding water (using pieces of masonite covered with graph paper, a light diffusing box, a mirror, card stock, painted wooden sticks and plate glass over black cardboard). My lack of experience in creating small... View Full Article

Waruta 2: Thoughts on Wading Pool

March 18, 2016 3:20 pm Leave your thoughts

It’s always interesting for me to stand back and observe how much the moods, symbols and style of execution in a particular painting can gradually evolve over time. For example, the scene portrayed in Wading Pool originally took place at dawn, there were no wolves, there were rainbow colored light bars flanking the pool (constructed from photos of police sirens), and the perimeter of the pool was oval instead of hexagonal. Wading Pool may be trying to illustrate my childish vision of what a clearing in the woods would look like in the midnight hours, at an age when I... View Full Article

Waruta 1: Connections & Inspiration

March 17, 2016 5:17 pm Leave your thoughts

While working on my two pieces “Wading Pool” and “Maruta (Waiting Pool)”, I’ve always seen them as being connected and essentially parts of a diptych even though they’re constructed as separately framed pieces. I view them as psychological landscapes – Wading Pool specifically encapsulating the idea of birth, egocentrism, intoxication, cyclical movement and naiveté, and Maruta representing the opposite end of the spectrum: sobriety, knowledge, disenchantment, linear movement, death. Both pieces have taken on multiple forms and Maruta is the third of three separate attempts, the earliest of the two previous paintings going as far back as Jan. 2013 (both... View Full Article

Bicoastal

February 11, 2016 6:21 pm Leave your thoughts

Bicoastal is a series of small collage inspired pieces using source photography taken from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the U.S. The series began developing after a recent trip to the West Coast – the first time I’d traveled such a great distance across the country as an adult. It was also the first time I was conscious of such a drastic shift in my surroundings and the resulting change in my general mood and perception within just a few hours, quickly transitioning from dreary, freezing Boston to bright and arid Phoenix. I’ve always had a fascination with this... View Full Article

Brooklyn Misremembered_1

October 26, 2015 2:51 am Leave your thoughts

This is the first of a series of six upcoming small pieces titled “Brooklyn Misremembered”. The pieces are inspired by photos taken at a friend’s apartment in Flatbush. They are meditations on small areas that have sparked an interest in me and an attempt to capture my impressions of a typically stark and aged Brooklyn apartment interior, transformed by the slight decorative touches of the inhabitant. My hope is to express both the sheer pleasure of seeing and also to slightly warp what I see as one inevitably warps an experience when they store it to memory. Nostalgia has always... View Full Article

Projected Income

March 29, 2015 7:18 pm Leave your thoughts

With Projected Income, I wanted to explore the relationship between the subjective and the objective, and the title I settled on seemed to perfectly encapsulate the meaning behind the painting (the actual meaning of the term is irrelevant). I saw the mirror as representing the subjective nature of human perception, the landscape symbolizing our environment or the objective thing that we perceive, and the endless reflections of one mirror off another as representing the way in which we try to understand others by subconsciously projecting ourselves onto them. I think that we are constantly projecting onto other people in various... View Full Article