By depicting familiar situations I invite viewers to observe anew the nature of daily interactions in which they take part. I begin my process by drawing directly from observation. ‘Trader Joes’, a large-scale oil painting, began with some quick sketches as I stood in line at the overcrowded supermarket in Manhattan. I focused on the body language of waiting costumers, passive or impatient at the end of a long day. Back in the studio I used the bright red of the shopping carts and black coats typical of New Yorkers in winter as starting points for exploring color. I drip, smear, slash and stroke paint across canvas, juxtaposing the sensual qualities of oil paint with the mundaneness of waiting in line. The rows of shopping carts became both the formal building blocks for structuring the painting and a conceptual inquiry into the lines that shape the every day.
Trader Joe's, 72"x120", oil on canvas, 2013
Waiting Room 1, 72"x120", oil on canvas, 2013
Waiting Room 2, 72"x72", oil on canvas, 2013
Check In, 48"x60", oil on canvas, 2012
Transfer, 10"x12", oil on panel, 2012
Red Shopping Cart, 8"x10", oil on canvas, 2013
Airport Security, 48"x120", oil on canvas, 2012
Untitled 1, 10"x12", charcoal on paper, 2012
Airport In Security
I began to draw on the wall out of a desire to make images that extend beyond the borders of the canvas, and to play with the relationship between images and the spaces that they occupy. ‘Airport InSecurity’, a large-scale installation, focuses on waiting passengers engrossed in smartphones and security personnel performing body searches. Trained as an oil painter, duct tape was an unlikely medium for transforming these images into an installation rendered directly on the gallery walls. I used subtle differences in tone and transparency to mold the tape into figures and forms. The imagery probes the tension between intimacy and vulnerability, between eroticism and violence implicit in these encounters. Beyond its sculptural qualities, the tape also implies something precarious, a tentative situation. By drawing in duct tape I probe the tension between permanence and transience inherent in these liminal spaces.
Airport In Security (installation view), chashama 461 Gallery, Harlem NY, 8'x44', duct tape on wall, 2012
Stop & Frisk
Working site-specifically brings my art into direct dialog with people and institutions that I address in the work itself. ‘Stop&Frisk’, created on-site at a gallery in Harlem, NY, addressed the controversial police search procedure. Located in a neighborhood particularly affected by Stop & Frisk, the piece elicited strong reactions from police and civilians alike.
Your Dreams Available Now is a site-responsive duct tape installation created in a dedicated store front in downtown El Paso. The piece depicts scenes of the border crossing between the United States and Mexico. Framing the border as a product of ongoing political and social negotiation, the project focuses on the daily interactions of people who govern and are governed by the border. Located in downtown El Paso, the project is designed to engage the local community in critical dialog on the impact of the border and to contribute to the revitalization of the area.
tape on wall
Love is in the Hair
barbershop 1, 48"x60", oil on canvas, 2012
barbershop 2, 48"x60", oil on canvas, 2012
love is in the hair, 48"x60", oil on canvas, 2012
barbershop 3, 48"x60", oil on canvas, 2012
Surface, 12"x12", tape on canvas, 2013
Duct Tape Miami
‘Duct Tape Miami’ is an installation created on the walls of a repurposed storefront in Miami Beach for the duration of Art Basel. Applying painterly sensibilities to this utilitarian medium I used the bright colors and elaborate patterns of duct tape to depict the fashion conscious visitors of the art fair circuit. Devoid of art, the empty pedestals and blank walls in these images emphasize the structure that shapes the interactions of the gallerists, dealers, collectors and passersby who attend the fair. The ephemeral quality of the tape implies an element of precariousness: desire, a speculative purchase or the impermanence of the art fair circuit.