These works are whatever you want them to be, but in case you’d like to know what drives them, here’s a rough translation of what goes on in my head. I’m in love with space and technology. I think of my Star Systems as amalgamations of the two. In my imagination they are the raw stuff of stars combined with manufactured parts to form planet-like structures. These seem to be in the process of breaking apart and drifting, perhaps to recombine into new entities. I actively hold this idea in mind as I work. For inspiration, I daydream over NASA images and browse bins of discarded computer parts in warehouses while half-remembering scenes from movies about space. Each Star System, while seemingly chaotic, bears remnants of a formal, logical construction, as of something made to perform a function we cannot decipher because the technology comes from a future time.
That’s the romance. In a formal, visual sense I’m composing intuitively, drawing on everything I know about color, balance and design. In a technical sense I’m experimenting with canvas, acrylic, plastic, paper and metal, with the properties of liquid and glue and with the forces of adhesion, repulsion, gravity and chance.
Underlying all is the idea that everything is made of the same stuff, vibrating at different frequencies. Meteors and motherboards, it's all the same aggregate. Stuff tries to fly apart. Strong forces hold it together. We persevere. We love, we innovate, create and look to the stars.
October 6, 2013