Friday, February 7, 2014

94X

A couple of months after There Is No was shown with the Juvenile In Justice exhibition, I revisited the themes found in the original 94 pieces. I made six new paintings that reflect my thoughts about this body of work while taking into account my growth as a painter.







Wednesday, January 29, 2014

[sic]

[sic] is an ongoing series of text paintings assembled from phrases that come from advertisements, overheard bits of conversation, hand-written signs, mundane objects, or any other mode of communication that I see or hear as I exist in the public realm. By presenting them in a similar format and stripping them of context, the words can be examined more carefully. Seen in this new light, the meaning of the words is often changed. With the source of the text hidden, the phrases can become what they really are: funny, manipulative, strange, and, frequently, inarticulate. The series is an attempt to hold all stimuli as equal, and in so doing, experience the world without omission.









Sunday, November 3, 2013

Installation at Old City Publishing


Old City Publishing is located at 628 N 2nd St  Philadelphia, PA 19123
On view through the end of December.  

Hanging:
Tooth
Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas
60”x42”
2013

On the Wall:
[sic]
Spraypaint on paper
Text paintings assembled from phrases derived from advertisements, overheard bits of conversation, hand-written signs, mundane objects, or any other mode of communication seen or heard in the public realm.
Dimensions variable 2013.

On the Floor:
I Heart Cash
Paper, cardstock, cardboard, metal
Discarded Pennsylvania Lottery tickets, scratch-offs, and various other objects collected from South Philly sidewalks and streets. Dimensions variable 2013.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Juvenile In Justice



Photo by Richard Ross

There Is No, is exhibited in the Juvenile In Justice exhibition at the Crane Arts on view November 8 - December 12. 

There Is No is a series of ninety-four paintings intended to address urban violence and the experience of loss. It began as a Mural Arts Program project called The Ninety-Four Effect which was based around a study that concluded that for every victim of urban homicide, ninety-four people are directly affected. Having lost a friend to homicide in 2005, I myself am one of those ninety-four, and so, in July 2012, I led workshops at the Covenant House, a shelter facility for homeless youth located in Kensington. With the input of the young people I worked with, and drawing from my own experience, I developed imagery and vocabulary that approximates the experience of devastation and loss. I made ninety-four paintings to represent the ninety-four people affected by one death. Each painting approaches the same subject from a different angle, so together it becomes recognizable, while remaining freshly and frustratingly elusive. 

Click here to read my interview with the InLiquid Blog

Juvenile In Justice is curated by Julien Robson and Rachel Zimmerman and features the work of photographer Richard Ross and ceramicist Roberto Lugo and painter Mat Tomezsko, on view at the Crane Arts from November 8 to December 12, 2013. 


Reviews for Juvenile In Justice:
philly.com
The Artblog
The Inquirer
Knight Arts
Mother Jones

If you are interested in purchasing any piece from There Is No,
click here
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Covenant House
and will help support the Youth Criminal Record Expungement Clinic on Dec. 3.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013