|Morning at the Cathedral - Tucson, AZ|
Acrylic on Canvas - 2013
While in Tucson, I enjoyed the weird juxtapositions of architecture and infrastructure there. An old diner across from a glass bank building, a carnival-colored parking garage next to the glorious cathedral, old warehouses and breathtaking mountains. So I started a series of paintings investigating these types of architectural phenomena. I purposely left out people and cars in order to focus on the buildings, bits of infrastructure and flora. This all culminated in my solo show, “Fresh Eyes on the Old Town” at Contreras Gallery in Tucson. What struck me was that it was received well, not for the reasons I intended, but because people are pre-nostalgic for the town which has not fully disappeared yet.
|Laundry Day - Greenpoint, Brooklyn|
Oil on Canvas - 2015
Now that I’m back in New York, I’m again fascinated by the buildings I see and weird combinationsof buildings, fences, fire escapes, trees and so forth. So, I’ve started painting scenes that I think are unusual still lives of neighborhood elements. This series has, like the Tucson paintings, found its own life once it reaches viewers. I’ve again touched up on the nostalgia of a quickly changing area; this time North Brooklyn. As row houses are demolished in favor of glass towers, people like to see the images of buildings which have defined the area for generations. The audience seems to like the permanence that a painting gives a subject. In a way photos are more permanent than ever since they are digital information instead of physical negatives and paper, but they get lost in the incomprehensible number of images produced daily by everyone, regardless of whether the camera is a DSLR or an iPhone.
Regardless of whether the ultimate purpose of these paintings are to explore the urban environment in a particular area, or to document a vanishing neighborhood, I’m excited to be embarking on this project.