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Bavarian Aquatic

Bavarian Aquatic

72" x 96" oil on linen

This painting is pulled straight from a dream I had about finding a deserted aquatic center in the Bavarian Alps.

In using dream imagery I was looking for a way to circumvent the intellectual judging aspect of my decision processes and work in an arena that felt less divisive, more randomized. 

flags

flags

72" x 86" oil on canvas

I have been swimming laps in aquatic centers for many years. These spaces are deeply personal, part of my physical reality and function as point of interrogation for the external world.

swiss pool  45" x 68" oil on linen 2017

swiss pool 45" x 68" oil on linen 2017

Passing Lane

Passing Lane

78" x 108" oil on canvas

Municipal pools and aquatic centers used to function as social spheres. A place for social life to happen.

In my paintings the pools function as a type of proxy for a human figure, meaning there can be the trace of humans without painting an actual body.

red pool 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017

red pool 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017

Happy as fuck

Happy as fuck

52" x 52" oil on linen

For a while I have been thinking about the way in which luxury outdoor furniture advertising cultivates the notion of an ideal life but one where the presence of actual human bodies is strangely absent.

We then rifle through our mental archive of self images and throw something in. It occurs to me how often my self images do not represent an ideal life.

Die Peacefully

Die Peacefully

60" x 72" oil on linen

This piece began with the words 'die peacefully' in large hand rendered typeface. On the weekend that I made this work there had been a strange smell in the hall of my studio building. Something felt wrong about it. I continued to work on this painting, meticulously rendering the type and thinking about outdoor furniture as a representation of an ideal life. Late Sunday night I came out of my studio and there were police in the hallway. A studio neighbor had died suddenly the Friday before. There he'd lain, peacefully dead a few feet from me as I passed him each time in the hall. I felt my painting was both witness and eulogy. I painted over the words.

'Brother' oil on canvas 60" x 72" 2017

'Brother' oil on canvas 60" x 72" 2017

infinity pool 48" x 68" oil on linen 2017

infinity pool 48" x 68" oil on linen 2017

yellow road 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017

yellow road 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017

'No Colors Between us' oil on linen 72" x 84" 2017

'No Colors Between us' oil on linen 72" x 84" 2017

Piranah

Piranah

36" x 45" oil on canvas

In a world attuned to productivity and commodity where computational capacity constantly encroaches upon our definitions of human it’s heartening to remember that while we may wrestle with our ongoing techno-bewilderment spongy humans possess a sensitivity and intuition that still outstrips any device or software. Looking beyond the value judgment that human inferiorities might present our mistakes and circuitous choices define us as human. Within these ‘mistake realms’ we have the capacity to create new knowledge, new worlds. What is our human domain today? Is it simply our dream for a deeper inter-societal multicultural understanding and greater cognizance of our global interdependence? This desire points to the notion that for a goal to be deemed worthwhile it must collude with some intellectual, emotional, cultural agreement that is intrinsic to a particular people or epoch. This understanding between people sharply defines us from our computer descendants.

'The Hunters (text and seek)' oil on linen 58" x 70" 2017

'The Hunters (text and seek)' oil on linen 58" x 70" 2017

'Drown Your Sorrow' oil on linen 60"x 72" 2017

'Drown Your Sorrow' oil on linen 60"x 72" 2017

'Whitey' oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2017

'Whitey' oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2017

'Whitey' oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2017

'Antarctica' oil on canvas 50" x 72" 2017

'Antarctica' oil on canvas 50" x 72" 2017

Bavarian Aquatic

72" x 96" oil on linen

This painting is pulled straight from a dream I had about finding a deserted aquatic center in the Bavarian Alps.

In using dream imagery I was looking for a way to circumvent the intellectual judging aspect of my decision processes and work in an arena that felt less divisive, more randomized. 

flags

72" x 86" oil on canvas

I have been swimming laps in aquatic centers for many years. These spaces are deeply personal, part of my physical reality and function as point of interrogation for the external world.

swiss pool 45" x 68" oil on linen 2017

Passing Lane

78" x 108" oil on canvas

Municipal pools and aquatic centers used to function as social spheres. A place for social life to happen.

In my paintings the pools function as a type of proxy for a human figure, meaning there can be the trace of humans without painting an actual body.

red pool 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017

Happy as fuck

52" x 52" oil on linen

For a while I have been thinking about the way in which luxury outdoor furniture advertising cultivates the notion of an ideal life but one where the presence of actual human bodies is strangely absent.

We then rifle through our mental archive of self images and throw something in. It occurs to me how often my self images do not represent an ideal life.

Die Peacefully

60" x 72" oil on linen

This piece began with the words 'die peacefully' in large hand rendered typeface. On the weekend that I made this work there had been a strange smell in the hall of my studio building. Something felt wrong about it. I continued to work on this painting, meticulously rendering the type and thinking about outdoor furniture as a representation of an ideal life. Late Sunday night I came out of my studio and there were police in the hallway. A studio neighbor had died suddenly the Friday before. There he'd lain, peacefully dead a few feet from me as I passed him each time in the hall. I felt my painting was both witness and eulogy. I painted over the words.

'Brother' oil on canvas 60" x 72" 2017

infinity pool 48" x 68" oil on linen 2017

yellow road 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017

'No Colors Between us' oil on linen 72" x 84" 2017

Piranah

36" x 45" oil on canvas

In a world attuned to productivity and commodity where computational capacity constantly encroaches upon our definitions of human it’s heartening to remember that while we may wrestle with our ongoing techno-bewilderment spongy humans possess a sensitivity and intuition that still outstrips any device or software. Looking beyond the value judgment that human inferiorities might present our mistakes and circuitous choices define us as human. Within these ‘mistake realms’ we have the capacity to create new knowledge, new worlds. What is our human domain today? Is it simply our dream for a deeper inter-societal multicultural understanding and greater cognizance of our global interdependence? This desire points to the notion that for a goal to be deemed worthwhile it must collude with some intellectual, emotional, cultural agreement that is intrinsic to a particular people or epoch. This understanding between people sharply defines us from our computer descendants.

'The Hunters (text and seek)' oil on linen 58" x 70" 2017

'Drown Your Sorrow' oil on linen 60"x 72" 2017

'Whitey' oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2017

'Whitey' oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2017

'Antarctica' oil on canvas 50" x 72" 2017

Bavarian Aquatic
flags
swiss pool  45" x 68" oil on linen 2017
Passing Lane
red pool 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017
Happy as fuck
Die Peacefully
'Brother' oil on canvas 60" x 72" 2017
infinity pool 48" x 68" oil on linen 2017
yellow road 60" x 72" oil on linen 2017
'No Colors Between us' oil on linen 72" x 84" 2017
Piranah
'The Hunters (text and seek)' oil on linen 58" x 70" 2017
'Drown Your Sorrow' oil on linen 60"x 72" 2017
'Whitey' oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2017
'Antarctica' oil on canvas 50" x 72" 2017