rise extends some of the themes begun in the Market Makers debut, this time reflecting on a few depictions of women in positions of power in popular culture, the virtues of a few men depicted in popular culture, and bringing new colorfield works, handheld-scale bronzes, as well as (because the gallery we produced the show in was so beautifully big) select works from the pixelated fabric, Market Makers, and early works series.
pixelated fabric is a series of colorfields completed in the aftermath of the 2016 US election in which I meditated on the polarized state of affairs in our society, and the role I saw social media playing in that 'pixelization‘ of our natural social fabric.
Fashion Forward extended some of the themes begun in the Market Makers series into the world of fashion and style.
Market Makers was the launch of my solo career, which I was delighted to present in partnership with New York-based HG Contemporary in September 2015.
Marking the moment of my transition from conducting the 'business of art' to the production of it, this show reflected on my own family experience with the historic overlap between art and commerce in American consumer markets.
As my paternal grandfather was an advertising manager with leading American personal products manufacturer Procter & Gamble, this show provided me an opportunity to reflect on the role that art and artists have played in the 'making' of consumer markets, and by association, the articulation of the 'American Dream' and the 'American Way,' while I stepped into this new role in my own practice of fine art.
Traditional, mixed-media, and eye-infused colorfield works on cotton, linen, and gaming suede are one-of-a-kind.
Limited-edition prints of digital-based mixed-media works may be available on high-gloss printing medium and anodized aluminum under gallery 'float' plexiglass in editions of up to three, and on coated anodized aluminum in editions of up to ten.
The icons series brings together works on canvas and gaming suede from multiple shows, revisiting a few people, things, and iconic images that for me represent something greater than themselves.
In the case of the women, the icons portraits are representations of women in positions of evolving power unpopular culture, from the sexualized, objectified 'power' of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda as 'Barbarella' in light of the world, to the passion- and talent-driven, modern female 'survivor' power of Tina Turner in never give in.
The male icons represent for me virtues or combinations of traits that I find inspiring; from the sensitive-cool of James Dean in straight up, to the troubled talent and vision of Marvin Gaye in night shift, to the virtuous and courageous police-reforming zeal of Al Pacino's portrayal of New York detective Frank Serpico in frank.
Finally, the works drawn from the debut Market Makers show represent articulations of our American approach to consumer market-making, as well as various aspects of the broader notions of the 'American way' and the 'American dream.'
Works in traditional, mixed-media, and dye infusions on cotton, linen, and gaming suede are each unique.
Printed onto high-gloss archival printing medium or coated aluminum, mounted on anodized aluminum and under gallery 'float' plexiglass, chromogenic prints are offered in limited editions of 3; vibachromes in editions of 10.
Mixed-media and performance works are unique; casts are offered in editions of 10.
The jewelbox collection is an ongoing series of works in cast metal that represent various aspects of my own practice in the primary and secondary markets for fine art.
Works are fabricated at hand-held scales and in editions of 10 or more, to be collected, displayed, and enjoyed in working and living spaces like desktops, coffee tables, and on bookshelves.
motion compositions started out as accompaniments to traditional and mixed-media works on canvas, gaming suede, and high-definition printing media, though increasingly are making historic, cultural, and contemporary references of their own.
Works in traditional and mixed media completed in this period reflect early and sometimes-experimental work, trying out styles and drawing inspiration from a few of my heroes, like Josef Albers, Jean Michel Basquiat, Josef Beuys, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Morris Louis, Piet Mondriaan, and Andy Warhol. Early stuff.
fit, coming Spring of 2018, builds on themes begun in Market Makers and followed by fashion forward, pixelated fabric, and rise, in medium- and large-scale colorfields, medium- and large-scale media-referential works, jewelbox sculptures, and a new running series I am excited to introduce.