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.
My latest series of works takes inspiration from our interactions with the worldwide web, consumerism, pop culture, childhood memories and my experience as an immigrant living in diverse cultures. Iconic characters such as Mr. Softie and his pseudo-military ice-cream truck mingle with hipsters, dinosaurs, cowboys, oil derricks and jet fighter planes. Whether painted or drawn, my representations are a form of constructed landscape where the viewer is plunged into voyeuristic scenes depicting humanity’s passions, frustrations, and appetites.
By combining thick encaustic paint, heavy gelled mediums with diluted oils and acrylic paint I create images that are in a simultaneous states of construction and deconstruction, delving into details as a means to reclaim objects in their elusive emotional complexity. The immediacy of the brushwork captures the unseen essence of things and exposes our fragmented way of experiencing the world, in a satirical, liberating form.
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 and our degraded and fragmented way of experiencing the world. 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.