Soft Sugars in Pittsburgh

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 opening in July and I’ll be there for the shindig.

Saturday, July 20th 5pm – 8pm at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh.

You can get an early view starting July 16th. 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.

Equinox, 30×30″ oil on canvas

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: