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The New Jersey suburb paintings address the slippage between memories of a place, the place itself, and its photographic image. My work in landscape explores beauty in the mundane; in this series I am mining my reactions to revisiting a neighborhood that I had not seen in more than ten years. I begin by digitally altering my photographs with color and light filters, creating several versions. My color palettes recall M&M's, Necco Wafers, wet-Necco Wafers and Kodachrome, traversing familiar to extreme re-representation. The paintings range across my many 'takes' on this subject, from a candy-land pastel light to an off-register red-green washy surface. In my life I often turn thoughts and problems over in my head, obsessively looking at them every which way; my painting of these places is a lot like that. In this play of remembering, examining and altering, I excavate a range of perceptions, addressing each from slightly different points of view.
My earliest landscape paintings were molded across mangled pieces of industrial steel creating a three-dimensional painted hybrid surface. Later, satellite images as a personal take on my neighborhood were skewed from public images in Google Earth as a source for paintings, drawings, and digital prints.
The work addressed a meeting ground between scenery and artifice, mediating between bucolic nature and a manufactured environment. They are about nature, once removed. Suburban nature preserves, city parks, nature experiences for family pumpkin picking, and summer campgrounds outside of the city have been subjects.
The suburbs and cemeteries (2010-2012) originate from the landscape of my childhood, they address the complexities of place and time, constancy and change. The vantage is from that of visiting, slowly driving by; they describe specific places, outside of specific time. The latest works are pushing at boundaries, my direct response to the sites, the color and light, speed and stillness.