b. Spokane, WA
I am zipped inside of a Tyvek suit, upright under a tent staring. And now you’re here with me, in eye. Or shadow. Light filters through glass; through all the plastic and fluorescent paint and shit on the ground; through some airborne dust. Particles disperse and settle.
I identify as a painter, but I encounter the studio as a piece of technology—an apparatus—rather than as a more traditional space designated for easel painting. My working method is hybrid: I combine direct and indirect painting, printmaking methods, and a modified airbrush technique. Objects placed tangentially to the canvas act as stencils, blocking applied paint to create a visual registration of time (the impressions of light and shadow, tracking motion, retinal afterimages). While insistently painterly, these canvases are fixed traces calling to mind filmic artifacts, blueprints, and x-rays. In this way, the work’s content is connected not only to reflexive spaces of modernist painting and drawing, but to image processing itself.
This impulse to hijack or reroute technical constructs, has cultural and personal meaning for me, as it connects disparate strategies throughout art history with my earliest personal experiences as a maker. My aesthetic curiosity and knowledge of materials began with my upbringing in the Pacific Northwest where I spent my teenage years and early twenties working construction on spec homes. Routinized cycles of demolition, landscaping, and building have invested me with a visual and tactile inclination to deconstruct and alter the environment around me.
Painting is a way to record and transform my interaction with the material history, structures, and environmental detritus around my home and studio. I scavenge, combine, and subtract found forms, literally building and demolishing a painting’s composition over the course of its making. As in construction work, I paint on a scale that is decided by my body, so as to become a performer or a painting implement myself. I am both a studio artist interested in controlled visual research and a wandering collector open to chance encounters, in the vein of radical conceptual projects like Surrealist frottage, Schwitters‘ Merzing, and Situationist détournement.
Through this experimental approach, I am developing questions about painting’s engagement with the history of photographic media and conceptual art, while recording the surreal residue of my local landscape.
Dedalus Foundation Fellow, 2015
MFA Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, 2014
BFA Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA 2009
Intoto 4, Essex Flowers, New York, NY
Red Planet w/ Munro Galloway, Basement Projects, Santa Ana, CA
Bring It !, Soloway Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
Paintings, Meyohas Gallery (Solo Exhibition), New York, NY
I Want to Believe, Bomp Pop-up, NY
Untitled Fair, Miami, DTN Gallery, NY
Broken Register, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME
Strike Up The Band, Waterfront at The Art/Life Institute, Kingston, NY
Snake Gulch, New Age Drinks, AZ
MFA Fellows, The Gallery at industry City, Curated by Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
The Gallery Vault, St. Cloud University, MN
NADA Art Fair, Joe Sheftel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Yale Painting MFA Thesis Exhibition, YSOA Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
Partners, LIMAZULU, London, UK
What Have You Done For Me Lately?, 109, Brooklyn, NY
Shadows Through a Prism, 109, Brooklyn, NY
Represent, Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
OBJCT Gallery, Claremont, CA
Power in Numbers, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA
On the Edge: Statements in Black and White, S Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Ryman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Ekphrasis, presented by Mod Melange, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Artists and Selected Works, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
OsCene, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Mod Melange LA, Michelle Moross Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
futureproof, Tosti Studios Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
One, Tosti Studios Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
New Paintings (with Orion Fisher), Tosti Studios Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA