The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
With a cast of characters drawn from consumerism, pop culture, headlines from mass media, religious iconography, childhood memories and my experience as an immigrant living in different cultures, I attempt to draw humor and fascination from the life creeping around the edges of the everyday.
Whether painted, drawn or sculpted, my representations are usually set in some form of recognizable urban landscape inspired by living in New York. Iconic characters such as Mr. Softie and his pseudo-military Ice-cream truck mingle with urbane hipsters sporting skinny jeans, tattoos, and pornstar-like moustaches, multi-tasking with beer, lattes and must have portable devices.
A form of Harajuku landscape emerges where strange beings loom and merge in and around their surroundings. A frenetic web of lines produced by a fusion of brushwork, pine sticks and calligraphy pens points back to the way we inhabit and interface between the real and the virtual world. Many of my works in 3-d are made from Papier-mâché that has a rawness and fragility in its appearance relating to my own drawing style and approach to creativity. This process also combines my training in architecture and childhood love of plastic scale-model kits.
This work speaks to elements of fear and hysteria, our degraded and fragmented way of experiencing the world, in a satirical, liberating form. Human endeavors are swallowed up by the effluence of daily existence and the characters remain oblivious to their surroundings. Derelict architecture and hybrid humans expose the uncanny, the invisible essence of things, and delve into details as a means to reclaim an elusive emotional complexity, a form of redemption through art.