American Carnation is a collaborative exhibition of 13 paintings and a filmic essay concerning mass media's stuttering automaticity in response to the Columbine Massacre.
The paintings are intentionally incomplete portraits based on the victims' thumbnail images found in a Newsweek. The film explores the tenderness, empathy and violence of young masculinity.
Rainbows in the Night
The night is a cyclical darkness marked by slumber. Rainbows can be beacons of hope. But in the night, fighting sleep, who can see these beacons clearly? Will the colors even be the same by dawn? Rainbows in the Night is about finding our way through darkness; about the struggle for hope amidst despair.
37 Dictums Towards Utopia
"Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of Utopia? It is to cause us to advance."
This series is an exhaustive but not definitive account of the values I speak to my son, Odin. In some ways, raising a child is like working towards a utopian vision while learning to love the cracks and imperfections.
ABRACADABRA is a body of work that sublimates language into the material world. This work focuses on intentionality, reflection, incantation, and mantra. The paintings are intended as talismans for everyday practice.
An Inexhaustible Drip of Tropical Tree Sap
No, the tropic tree Has not a charter that its sap shall last Into all seasons, though no Winter cast The happy leafing.Gerard Manley Hopkins, from 'The Beginning of the End'
Beauty is never absent from the world; only our ability to perceive it ever goes missing. This project affirms the limitless pleasure offered by beauty and redeems it from the inconsequential and secondary.
This work shows the development of a more painterly touch, a move towards abstraction, and a more rigorous concern for color.
This work often justaposes the saccharine and the terrifying as a way to highlight the dissonance of life in late-capitalist America.