I attempt to explore relationships between self-awareness and the subconscious. My aim is to present enigmatic, engaging and challenging micro-narratives filtered through an invented environment evoking a dream reality where juxtapositions and concepts get shaken and stirred creating new and surprising narratives. The images seek the complicity of the spectator in the play between the real and unreal, the conscious and subconscious, the poetic and mundane and the shadows where these concepts overlap.
These new paintings at their core are about symbiotic relationships between parts of the self and the many forms of resistance that one faces in the context of the subconscious and the creative self. In my experiences there are parasitic relationships between parts of myself that I always struggle with. There are also mutualistic relationships between parts of the self as well as commensalistic relationships. There are parts of the self that are murderers, anarchists, cowards and courageous champions. While these new works fit into a familiar visual world I enjoy playing in as an artist, there are some new circumstantial elements at play as well. Largely these works were executed during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is impossible to look at the work and not see the emotional influence the quarantine had on my creation of visual art. My daughter Ada also made her way into each piece. Ada had a very interesting way of coming into the studio and making extremely profound and relevant observations about the direction of the drawings. Ada is the Hero in the world of these works
Buckham Gallery is funded by the following organizations:
Generous support is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Our activities are sponsored in part by an award from the MICHIGAN ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
This program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work!