(New Work, 2019 - in progress)
Using mostly coupons from circulars and community newspapers, Price is a series of artworks that weaves together themes from a wide range of subjects, including fresh produce, meat prices, entertainment, employment, beauty products, the opioid epidemic, climate change, the war on drugs, immigration, the housing market, and much more. It records the patterns of consumption and their effects and shows how a wide breadth of issues are interrelated.
(2017 - 2019)
NOW is a series of multimedia paintings made through an elaborate process of layering, patterning, adding, and subtracting an excessive amount of acrylic, spray paint, and asphalt. The slippery use of language alludes to the various meanings found in the multiple arrangements of letters. It explores the visual dynamic between the words “own”, “won”, and “now”. The letters, colors, symbols, and materials in the paintings are used as abstract elements, and contain associations and resonance outside of the painterly context. The formulation of letters can be seen as a distillation of a timeless truth, about the shifting nature of time, and the relationship between narrative and power.
(O) Poetry Paintings
(O) Poetry Paintings are inspired by poetry and the visual logic of language. Minimal in structure, each painting is composed of a sweeping gesture of the three primary colors with three O’s forming a triangle painted on the surface. Able to be read as both abstract shapes and symbols, the mind seeks to make sense of the letters. Simple in form and pleasant in appearance, the paintings offer a playful examination of how language works and how meaning is made.
(2016 - 2017)
The Welcome Paintings are exuberant and energetic paintings playfully distorting familiar imagery. Intricately layered with vibrant color, sweeping gestures, and complex contrasting textures, the paintings allude to the sky, celestial symbols, and natural forces. The childlike use of language and other visual elements allows the viewer a lapse in objectivity and provides an opportunity for reorganization and to build something new. Intentionally contradictory, they are a processing of seemingly incongruous elements.
Silver Vision on is an installation of paintings and poetry featured in Jarring at the Delaware Contemporary in 2017.
(2015 - 2016)
Wild Mouth is a series of paintings that include language from poetry. In the paintings, the letters of words are spaced apart and intersect, stretching meaning and creating new associations and new words within them. The letters operate as both symbols and abstract compositional elements.
New Movements is a series of artwork made from salvaged sections of 14 Movements: A Symphony In Color And Words, a mile-long public art installation I made for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Worn from pedestrian use, protests, and the general activity of the life of downtown Philadelphia, they contain a unique cross section of the city during an historic moment.