First Exhibited at the O'Brien Art Gallery, Roane State Community College
(Harriman, TN) 2014
These pictures come from a range of sources. Some are invented and purely non-objective, some are sourced from the web, and others are amalgamations of abstraction and found imagery. Individually, they all have specific characteristics and identities- each one drawing from the history of abstraction as well as contemporary references. Viewed as a whole, they are indicative of a fractured and distracted experience of sensory input. These paintings flaunt the traces of multiple histories with a collage-like application of elements. The stops and starts, overlap, and shifts in structure present in this work are evidence of a process that embraces disruption and contradiction. Their surfaces require one to look through elements to see the entirety of the work. Perception of one element is interrupted as a condition of viewing another.
While not explicitly evident in their appearance, these works are profoundly influenced by the abundance and infinite availability of images and information that characterizes this moment in culture. Mirroring the constant stream of images that passes across our many screens, these works shift appearances often as they are obscured, multiplied, distorted, and abstracted. All the while, they retain traces of their many histories through tactile process and collective memory.