You Are What You Love

May 27, 2020 4:03 pm Leave your thoughts

Excerpt from the 13Forest website: “Level is an ode to Ryczek’s own childhood nostalgia and the cuteness culture prevalent in Korea.  The painting began with a photograph of the skyline taken from Ryczek’s hotel room. The Jumbotron that dominated his view seemed to encapsulate the sleek, beautiful and technologically advanced image that modern Seoul tries to present to the world. The sight reminded him of skylines from Nintendo games (primarily by Japanese designers) he played as a child; Ryczek reflected on how much his preconceptions of East Asian cities were shaped by those early moments of indirect exposure. Ryczek added... View Full Article

Lost and Found Time-Lapse

April 14, 2020 5:15 pm 1 Comment

These are time-lapse images for “Lost and Found” from Fascination Street, which, like quite a few others, came very close to being abandoned but ended up being one of my favorite pieces from the show (possibly for that very reason). I’ve realized over the years that documenting my work has become an essential part of my art-making process – so much so that I rarely consider traversing the unknown landscape of a painting without it. I sometimes question this and wonder if it would be better in some ways (or braver) to leave it behind, but the benefits always seem... View Full Article

Bimyeoung and Quarantine Life

March 23, 2020 7:50 pm Leave your thoughts

Finally getting back in the studio to continue work on This Is The End (Jaws paintings) and begin studies for a totally new body of work that I’ll document as it unfolds. This is one of the unfinished mid-size pieces from Fascination Street that didn’t make it into the show, tentatively (and brazenly, I suppose) titled “Bimyeoung”, which is Korean for “The Scream”. It may be finished someday, it may not, but I plan to let it breath for a while before making that decision. The imagery is based on a photo of product lined shelves at Kyobo Book Centre,... View Full Article

The Uncertain Nature of Painting

November 5, 2019 1:46 am 1 Comment

Art making, like any other worthwhile endeavor, involves a series of incredibly difficult decisions that the artist must constantly evaluate and move forward with before fully executing a piece. Many abstract artists have devoted their entire careers to examining the decisions, or steps, involved in the creative act. Sol Le Witt is a great example – his quest to make geometric work from a set of explicit, linear guidelines raised questions about authorship and the relationship of command between the creator and the creation. In my own work, I often find myself clinging to a flimsy skeleton of clear steps... View Full Article

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