Building a Brick 2012

“Building a Brick” is an exhibition illustrating the essential construction worker in the aesthetic realm of architecture.

In an independent 1991 film called “Slacker”, a character offers a passer-by a card from a deck and read the statement “Not building a wall, making a brick”.  Ever since then, the oblique strategy has stuck with me.  When I was asked to create artwork in my style that relates with architecture, the statement came rushing back.  The bricks are essential to the wall, such as the laborer is essential to the constructing of a building.  Often times the grandiose outcome of a perfectly designed structure is all that people will concentrate on.  For example an onlooker of a project in mid construction will often say “I can’t wait to see it done”.  Implying that they are visualizing the end product (the wall). Which is probably exactly what the architect wants you to envision, but without all those small workers the architectural beauty would never exist. I have always been a fan of what is overlooked.  Making the ordinary, extraordinary. So here is a nod to the worker. All paintings were painted in 2012.

Historical reflection-  To help us get out of the Great Depression, president Roosevelt’s came up with the New Deal which created several public arts programs. The purpose of the programs was to give work to artists and decorate public buildings, usually with a theme of workers in heroic poses, laboring in unison to complete a great public project.

Tales from Skid Row 2011

 

 

 

Living in a metropolitan area I am constantly sighting the homeless. They have crept into my thoughts with one encounter after another. One day, avoiding eye contact while reading a “Help” sign, I began to day dream. How did they get to where they are? It seems like this guy is already qualified for a job. What would I create if I was homeless? This is how it began. All paintings were painted in 2011.

Modern Romance 2011

Modern (mdrn) Of or pertaining to present and recent time; not ancient or remote (contemporary) Romance (r-mns, rmns) A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful (love). All paintings were painted in 2011.

Single Staches 2011-2014

 

 

In this gallery the artwork was created for group shows or just something I had to make. They do not fit into any particular series, making them land in the single stache category. All paintings were painted in 2011-2014.

This aint your mamas mustache 2010

 

 

Winning the Harveys Intro Art & Fashion Competition, I received a solo art show at the Harveys Gallery on Melrose. The show also offered the opportunity to purchase a pre-released signed copy of “The Hummingbird” seatbeltstrap tote, designed exclusively for Harveys by myself. In this gallery are images of the paintings that were in the show and the tote. All paintings were painted in 2010.