Thursday, September 24, 2015


Below is an excerpt from a forthcoming series of intertwined poetry and paintings with the working title This City Is A Mountain.

some part of us
is beautiful
first like the first
beautiful thing
standing staring
into the face
of the sun

our apple smile
cool knowing now
our apple eyes
hurt wandering

This Time It's A Love Song

Below is an excerpt from a forthcoming series of intertwined poetry and paintings with the working title This City Is A Mountain.

in the dark cement days walking looking down
clenched tight to find warmth in tense muscles
we forget what the world looks like
and then the purple yellow green bulbs pink on bark
bloom and say this is what the world looks like new
Here I am

Here I am
this time it's a love song
floating black globes like bubbles in tar
celebrating spring and the harshness of life
like a bee on your lips
born in bodily pain
and bodily desire it pops like "plop"
blooming thick I feel this place is more beautiful
than I can say this is what the world looks like
Here I am

Here I am

Acrylic on panel and mirrors

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The City Real & Imagined

At The Painted Bride Art Center
January 23 - March 8
Opening Reception February 6, 5-7pm
Poetry reading and performance with CAConrad and Frank Sherlock: Thursday, February 5, 7 – 9 pm
Talk and Book Signing with Richard Ross: Saturday, March 7, 1 pm

Amze Emmons
Jesse Krimes
Drew Leshko
Roberto Lugo + Mat Tomezsko

The exhibition features five artists who make art inspired by their direct environment. For our contribution, Roberto Lugo and I created a collaborative project entitled I Was Of Three Minds: Understanding America Through Bluebirds and Blackbirds, in which we each explore the role of external factors such as race and class on the formation of identity and self-perception. This collaboration marks the evolution of our thinking after first exhibiting together in the Juvenile In Justice exhibition at the Crane Arts in November 2013. It is also a part of InLiquid’s Art For Action program, which uses art exhibitions as a platform for dialog, community events, and social awareness efforts.

Here are some samples of my work for the exhibition:

There Are Too Many Heavens To Ever Tell, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 2015

Somewhere This Is Sisyphus, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 2015

In addition to the abstract paintings, I created a series of portraits of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers painted on mirrors entitled Self-Portrait As A Bluebird, Self-Portrait As A Blackbird

Installation shots:

Press for the exhibition:

Nice mention on Philly Voice here

And a thoughtful analysis in the Temple News here

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"The Near Future": A Painting Installation at the Spruce Street Harbor Park

The Near Future, 2014, 36"x48" Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas, weatherproofed.
This piece is on view at the Spruce Street Harbor Park from July 19 to August 31. 
The park is located on the Delaware River at Spruce Street and Columbus Blvd.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Art in the Open 2014

AiO is a juried art event celebrating the way artists interact with their urban environment. The selected group of artists are invited to take their studio practice outside to produce work in the open, create a temporary presentation, and interact with visitors. It took place May 16-18 along the Schuylkill Banks. This was the second time I participated. I made spray paintings on canvas mimicking natural patterns and textures with an unnatural medium, then installed them on an existing free-standing wall that was once the base of a bridge. My goal was to accent the wall with the size, color, and patterns of the paintings in order to have the wall itself become an art object.

Installation shot, exhibition at University City Arts League