I suppose a majority of my attraction to art is in its relative nature to humanity. I see art as the way we push the energy of human experience through time. Creation is the process of controlling some combination of emotional & psychological chaos, molding it into a form of understanding. The conclusion, the ‘art’—some composed idea—is also, once experienced, the beginning of a new process—becoming a psychic energy, at first rigid and impressed, but slowly acting as influence in unknowable ways. This transition can continue back into inspiration & creation among the audience, continuing a cycle of reimagining tradition.
That being said, the ideas behind my work now are predominantly based in theories like the Spectacle (Debord) and the Medium & the Message (McLuhan)—a strong consideration for what methods of expression represent in a time of digital aggregation, what art poses in terms of ideas of value in late capitalism, or how the role of the artist shifts in a ‘content economy.’
In practice, I try to use each medium in a self-evident way—using the traits of physical paint or overexposed film as a noticeable contribution to the aesthetic. I use the processes of graphic design in making books or stickers or logos to employ traditionally commercial methods of creation in a completely opposed way. I maintain this web site because I think the internet was better off when it was full of random people on their weird-ass blogs than the strip-malls and marketplaces it’s become.
The amorphous nature of our current moment makes it hard to declare anything, much less write about the ideas of art—but I find in times of chaos, it is specifically that idea of what art can be that keeps us reminded of our humanity. That’s gotta mean something.
For five years, I was fortunate to be part of the artist community at the Warehouse 640 in Southeast Portland. A collective of painters, metalworkers, programmers, musicians and writers, on top of individual practices we worked toward establishing artist-run shows and providing a space for any & all creative voices to display or perform work, regardless of affiliation to the space.
After being shut down by the city in 2019, we continued efforts in another location but were ultimately unable to stay open due to complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is an abridged archive for the various solo & group exhibitions I took part in throughout the years.