2010. Acrylic on canvas. 72” x 56”.
Adopting a pop art aesthetic to address how abstract expressionism was superseded by pop art while locating the work in the present through self-portraiture, the painting examines the persona of artist since the mid-20th century using Barnett Newman as the focus of the series.
2010. Acrylic on 35 tone-on-tone logo stenciled 2x4’s. 48” x 112.5” x 1.5”
A half scale re-creation of Newman’s ‘Vir Heroicus Sublimis’, the work is re-figured with tone-on-tone 2x4’s bearing personal branding. Examining the need to revisit constructive modes of artistic production, the ‘In Conversation’ series investigates our contemporary remoteness from notions of transcendence and sublimity by first emptying out their signifiers.
2010. My ex-partner’s modified chair, my father’s old work uniform, cigarettes, ashtray, beer cans, cup, paint brush, acrylic, Barnett Newman catalogue raisonné, wood. Dimensions variable.
Questioning how we inhabit the histories we inherit devoid of the ‘nostalgic glasses of history’, the work removes the fictive elements of an abstract expressionist’s studio and inserts the real elements, although altered, of a contemporary artist’s. By emptying out one myth the work serves to create another.
2010. Acrylic on wood. 3.5" x 1.5" x 96".
2010. Cashmere blazer, dress shirt, tie, self-labeled t-shirt, hanger, and 18kt gold screw. 24" x 46".