April 4th, 2017
The art work in Back to the Future recalls and builds on the paintings I completed 8 years ago. After time an artist looks at his work and sees them from a different perspective. Artists always search for ways to improve their work and sometimes reexamining previous works shows them ways to accomplish this.
Landscapes based on aerial views have always interested me. This exhibit continues to show this interest, but the difference in my new paintings is the addition of new techniques interspersed with techniques that I have used in the past. For example, I have incorporated the use of rollers to apply the paint.
Although my collectors will recognize the perspective that I have developed, they will see the addition of the blues to my palette in some of the paintings. In others they will notice the difference in the application of the paint.
Since many people have asked me to resurrect the use of roofing tiles among other textures lying in my studio, I looked at the previous paintings and realized what I could have done differently with them. I feel it is good to reexamine the old and to evaluate what could have made each painting stronger. By doing so, it forces me to look at the landscape around me and move in a different direction
Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.
These paintings focus on the dissonance between the natural and artificial world. Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert are depicted using an acrylic spraying technique I’ve developed that recalls both the post-impressionists of the late 19th century as well as digital photography in grainy cell/satellite pictures.
How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?
As my work has evolved from oil paintings of architecture-in-landscape, I’ve distilled the most important elements into a singular place, the US American desert as a metaphor for kitsch American values. I have grown more critical of American consumerism and treatment of nature and these paintings explore a more direct confrontation of nature (the animals) and civilization (Las Vegas suburbia).
Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?
I encourage gazing into these paintings as closely as possible. While they have an impressionist feel initially, I hope they also recall grainy, satellite or digital photographs in their semblance of tiny bits of color.
Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.
Las Vegas is the most rapidly-expanding city in America, whose water supply is quickly dwindling. It has a massive squatter community due to a monumental amount of home foreclosures, and animals such as coyotes, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep are reclaiming sections of the city as its human population continues to invade the desert habitat.
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