The fragments of posters I excavate from the city walls have a historical significance, as artifacts of a specific place and time. Namely, New York City, the epicenter of overproduction and hyper consumption. Considering the posters internal logic as a means of communication, it is an emotionless entity. By tearing these posters from the walls of the streets, then translating them into "matteric paintings," I'm discovering a world whose signs no longer pertain to the individual, but to the "public." The work is inspired by place and is shaped by my direct investigation of the streets, which I daily walk. By extracting materials directly from my environment, I am linking my work specifically to the urban sprawl of New York City. It is an attempt to forge a link between studio and city, between artist and collective context.
Birth: Dayton, Oh 1.6.81 childhood: Liked dinosaurs, sand boxes, turtle hunting, had an obsession with mothers silk scarf. Teens: Sat in a wicker chair with legs propped on families dining room table & listened to Aerosmith for hours. College: University of Central Florida (BFA Fine Art). Did a lot of surfing, sang in a band, fell in love three times & made art.
New York City - Moved to NY in 2005. Lived with a dominatrix, Got jumped, made snow angels in Jackie Robinson Park.
6 group shows, one performance, visiting artist in Venezuela in 2008. Will show work in Acarigua, VZ this year at the Museo de Art Acarigua Araure in a show titled 5 x 5. The show will travel to San Fran & NYC.