Video (above): An animated sequence of 64 unique still images (studies for large scale paintings), each shown for 0.1 second, with the sequence repeated to fill 3 minute run time (minus opening and closing titles). Soundtrack: electronically manipulated recording of rain.
The image in this animation is the somewhat narcotic essence of television with the dark and light areas alternatively pulling the viewer's attention. It was important to me for the sound to be a bit softer than the hiss of a TV... rain proved to be a close enough sound, and it had a preferable organic audio quality that coincidentally (and poetically) also matched the visuals. Like much of my work, I am seeking to metaphorically describe what I perceive as aspects of the human condition... the need for numbing escape, the error at the core of humanities' identity and paradoxical tendency for turning the banal into an icon.
The paintings, based on a tech source, become like snowflakes made by man… integrating the human element into the chance precision. No two are alike and no area within any one is like another area within the same panel. They are abstract and photo-realist at the same time. Because they also draw on ideas from both the Abstract Expressionist and Conceptual Art movements, I think of the entire series as one piece… a conversation with time being an active participant. The pieces also reference, Color Field painting (like the Washington Color school), Op Art, Pop Art, Process Art, and Minimalist Art. I like creating work that straddles the fence and is not easily pinned down or pigeon holed.