My new work is completely different. The subjects are either myself or close friends. This makes me consider the meaning of the subject more than if I painting cartoon-y figures or anonymous people. To create these paintings I have begun to use historical techniques drawn largely from the manual of Cennino Cennini. In the most recent paintings this means the processing of my own natural pigments found in the earth. I have done this to truly understand my medium, rather than take it for granted and abuse its materials. It has also, I believe, helped me understand the artistic decisions of prior generations. Overall, I have found it takes time to make a meaningful and technically sound painting, so there are only a few in this most recent collection.
SPORTS GAMES & ART GAMES
Paintings are bizarre spaces that work as both windows and objects, generating references and experiences. You cannot eat paintings and they aren’t fiscally responsible, but they embody the quirks of human psychology, including both the brilliance and ridiculousness of abstract thought. How many games of tic-tac-toe can be played? How many paintings can be made? It’s just semantics . . . and syntax. A lot comes out of nothing.