September 7, 2018 - October 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 | 5-7 pm
Gallery Talk From the Artist, Saturday, September 8 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Immediatly following From the Artist is an associated Gallery Talk, From the Judge, with the 8th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition Juror and Awards Judge Ben Simons.
I believe that art can shed light on histories and traditions that are concurrent with the social and cultural conditions of a particular time. Painting is a way for me to reassess my position within this timeline. Manipulating the authority of representational portraiture, I deconstruct historical ideas of secure identity and fixed-painting techniques. I highlight contingencies between self and the constructed image as I attempt to clarify my contemporary hopes, fears and insecurities about racial and socioeconomic progress. By putting myself in the position of sitters from precarious 19th and 20th century modes of portrayal, my work is rooted in the need for empathy and a historical desire for connection and feeling.
Using academic multilayered painting approaches my work deconstructs the technical and social framework created by, but not limited to, painting tradition. Through forms of self-representation, I emphasize conflicts of inner vs. outer in hopes to foster new realities and new ways of being understood as not brown or white, wealthy or poor, but human. Often-acknowledging classical method’s incapacities for telling the truth, I stress ideas of vulnerability, false glamorization and anxiety of reconciling the past with the present.
About the Artist