This work was exhibited at Project 1628 at 1628 Bolton. St. in May-June of 2018.
These paintings and drawings portray powerful figures from the popular mythology of comic books. The images of flawed heroes are blurred with references to history and classical mythology. The figures share aspects of both noble and misguided strength in their conquest. Formally, abstraction and realism are simultaneously present as gestural marks and focused areas of representation. I seek an emotional response with this work; my goal is a vibration between imagery and the medium as a gripping, vibrant surface.
In concept, I am interested in how we search for meaning in mythological beings of all sorts; how these comic book heroes tell stories that overlap Greek mythology, American history, comic books or the Bible. I believe the examination of the truth and virtue of these figures has a vital voice within our contemporary society. Our culture embraces superheroes but we continue to resist examining these icons for deeper meaning and insight. They are a uniquely American art form whose characters have acquired great cultural significance. Artistically, there is a direct lineage from the muscular figures of Michelangelo to these pop heroes. From their mythological melting pot I like to draw (and paint) parallels within my work to contemporary and historical figures and similar narratives from different cultures. The figures are flawed as our country is, though they are inspiring in their ambition.