drawing, exhibition instal, exhibition install, figurative, hair, still life, studio photograph, tromp l'oeil
No Place Like Home” fuses elements of realism with the language of contemporary art and street culture. The images are drawn from scenes I found in my daily life while walking the streets of Brooklyn. They are inspired by marks people have left on the city: discarded objects, wheatpaste posters, and graffiti. In the ever changing, gritty landscape of New York, one moment in time is captured. Like a collaboration with the city, my voice joins the layered conversation of street art and culture.
Fragments of paper and posters are depicted, referencing the flatness of drawing, while simultaneously alluding to the history of realism and tromp l’oeil. The works explore the language of drawing by superimposing traditional portraiture with a wide variety of seemingly spontaneous and ephemeral-style marks. Suggestions of spray paint, stencils, and drips are illustrated in the drawings. Illusionistic representation of graffiti dissolves into my brush work and the materiality of graphite.
No Place Like Home, Graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches
Eyes, Graphite on paper, 50 x 38 inches
Benjamins (Get a Job), Graphite onm paper, 30 x 30 inches
In the studio, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Bushwick Claw Machine, Graphite on paper, 50 x 50 inches
Bushwick Guest Book, Graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches
NYC Trash (Dirty Unicorn), Graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches
Wig in the Weeds, Graphite on paper, 50 x 66 inches
Dandelion Hair, Graphite on paper, 50 x 50 inches
Tony's Slice, Graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches
Hello, Lionel, Graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches
Smile Close (Relax), Graphite on paper, 22 x 22 inches
Exhibition install at Koplin Del Rio, Culver City, CA, 2015