“Soft Sugars” Solo Exhibition

Dollop, 18×18″ oil on linen

While I have a few shows on their way to be de-installed, my newest solo show “Soft Sugars” is on at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

My last show with BoxHeart was about a decade ago and it was of my punk rocker portraits. I’m happy they let me go with my new-ish direction.

This series brings together my interests in botany, microbiology, space, disease, and the evolution of cells. I subconsciously explore the relationships between anatomy, biology, and emerging sciences while creating from my own imagination. They, at times, mirror personal metaphysical occurrences, and, at times, contain a slight nod to art history, such as hints of a baroque landscape or decadent still lives through distorted lenses. They are more virtual reality than actuality.

I delve into the practice and alchemy of oil paint dictating the direction, shaping
aesthetic outcomes, and transforming emotional impressions as I go. Insects, flowers, human organs all come from the same process at the core, but within these works I am visualizing their fictional evolution at any given stage comes from instinct. I create my own fragile beings within these little worlds; alien forms mesh with what might be seen under a microscope or through a telescope. They are an artificial nature or a nature that is simply unknown to us, scientized and made more delectable.

In the meantime, I’m so happy to have these features and reviews of the various shows that I’ve done so far in 2019:

Grenadine, 18×18″ oil on linen
Snowball, 18×18″ oil on linen

Medical Art and Memeography

Really happy to say that my essay on medical imaging and art was picked up by the medical humanities journal, Hektoen International.

VenusFramedAmputee

The Amputee Venus painting is one of the only paintings I chose to keep for myself. But, it will be on view at the renowned Zygote Press (along with a few other paintings from this series) for the Memeography group show opening Friday, June 19th. Curated by Bellamy Printz and Jennifer Finkel. “In a culture where social media and new channels create images that go viral, Memeography looks at contemporary uses of iconography—personal and political–and artists’ identifications with specific objects or concepts as a way to communicate a larger message.”