Thursday, June 1 at 5 PM - 9 PM
Conflict. My interest is in the conflict which is the driving force of the natural world. Conflict between the spiritual and physical, the temporal and eternal on the micro and macro levels. It is this conflict that is both weakness and resilience in humanity. A painting to me is both a moment in time and a practically infinitesimal number of moments which coalesce together at a certain point. These moments to me are like larger idea of time in which the narrative does not necessarily need to progress in a linear manner but rather the moments can be taken in any order and still represent the Truth. The beginning and the end exist simultaneously, the biological and the higher human mind support and undermine each other. Within every person there is a driving conflict simultaneously creative and destructive toward our own nature, humanity, the natural world and our collective fate.
"So far, the most influential book in my life has been ‘The Undiscovered Self’ by Carl Gustav Jung. In it, Jung explains how a true individual is one that has a personal, numinous relationship to God; or, in other words, to the irrational facts of experience. This relationship results in a psychic attitude that enables the individual to exercise his judgment and power of decision in confidence, and functions as a crucial dam against the societal demand for him to submit to becoming a statistical nonentity in a world whose ultimate authority is The State.
"I think that today there is tremendous pressure on people to conform and become collectivized. In a system that masquerades like it allows individuality and freedom, the facts indicate that this is only so long as these do not conflict from what is politically correct. That which is deemed politically correct comes from the powers that be, and is subliminally served to people as memes on a platter coming from all directions, including media and entertainment, among others.
"For me, painting creates that quiet reverence for the irrational facts of experience. It is a symbol of the necessary mining that is needed in order to discover the diamond within. Every individual carries their own secret which is secret even to themselves; my way of getting closer to it happens to be art making. The world around me and the political atmosphere undeniably have a tremendous influence on my subject matter. While every viewer will have their own interpretation of any artwork, and although I understand that many will see themes of ecology, environmentalism, the esoteric, or even surrealism in my work, I think that my artistic goal, ultimately, is the search for the Undiscovered Self."