ARTIST STATEMENT

I grew up on the outside looking in at the culture of graffiti and street art. My graphic style budded from the clean and stable lines in which writers strive to master and was further underlined by the exactness of vector-based digital art. While there wasn’t a thriving graffiti culture in rural New Jersey, my inspirations came in the form of the internet. I currently work primarily with acrylic on canvas and within digital mediums. I believe my work and ideas can manifest in any and every medium-- and although my style might shift between mediums, key components in my art include bold linework, vibrant colors, and subjective humor.

In my latest project entitled, “Peel Back”, I bring together the forces of shitty animation and misguided imagery to create an impenetrable wall of suspicious imagery. I join together nine CRT monitors and DVD players to bring the process of digital animation back to an analog format. There is something truly nostalgic about watching an animated cartoon on an old television; I trivialize that sentimental feeling with questionable and unsettling content. Each monitor displays a different six second animated clip--revealed by a curtain and then subsequently obscured by the same curtain. This process loops infinitely. The monitors will be flipping out of sync from one another, making it difficult to consume the wall of fine art as you would a static image. The viewer’s eyes are forced to jump between monitors as they become closed off from and then reintroduced to the content repeatedly, emulating the sporadic process of content consumption we humans crave.

Most of what I know about the world has been stuffed into my conscious by way of media consumption. Whether it be internet or television; it’s hard to know what’s real and it’s even harder to understand everything we’re told to care about. I often take a step back from my screen to recognize the endless stream of content we worship. My work pieces together fragments of the confusing world we inhabit with a focus in re-contextualizing familiar objects and ideas. I mash together everyday thoughts, experiences, and iconography into various lumps of absurdity floating around the realm of discomfort. In a sense, I am synthesizing the kind of weird universe I want to see as a reprieve from the one we are in.