Game Over is a small series of 3 paintings created for inclusion in “Franchise 3”, a show curated by Scott Listfield at Gallery1988: LA.
The overall theme could be boiled down to this request by Scott in his invitational email: “I want to see your art about the franchises that shaped you”. Retro gaming and arcade culture took up a lot of my childhood – providing an outlet for fantasy and arguably influencing my future aesthetic tastes – so I took this opportunity to paint scenes depicting arcade machines in varying states of decay. The titles selected were intentional and the 3 pieces show my nostalgic memories violently collapsing, quietly wasting away in darkness and being destroyed by fire in environments that I felt matched the respective moods of the games themselves. It was a sad meditation on my own mortality, and it was also a lot of fun.