My eclectic art is created digitally although there are times when I might use some analog materials. Some of my work begins as photographs, while other work is purely digital in creation. I use the latest in cutting edge techniques and software to create my art and then they are printed with the most up-to-date processes and materials such as acrylic. If you are interested in high-tech, eclectic, cutting edge art, then please look around. And if you have any questions, I can be reached by email and phone, so please check my Contact page.
Briefly, there are five aspects of my work that define what I am trying to accomplish with my art: technology, myth, improvisation, and shapes and color.
Our analog world is quickly fading from our view – going to the drug store to pick up our weekend getaway photos, opening the front door to retrieve our morning newspaper, stopping by our local book store to buy that novel we’ve been meaning to read, sitting down at a typewriter to begin the adventure of writing a novel, and perusing the local record shop for some of our favorite music. Habits that formed the fabric of our lives not that many years ago are now all but gone – replaced by the hidden 1s and 0s that make up our now ubiquitous digital world.
Most people have now replaced those once ingrained analog habits with their digital counterparts: emails storm at us at an unrelenting pace; music, movies, and TV shows can be listened to or viewed on our phones, laptops, desktops, tablets; people carry entire libraries of novels, nonfiction, magazines, short stories, poems on whatever device is handy; the big game, whether football, basketball, baseball or hockey, is but an app away; that screenplay you’re writing can be pounded out in bed, in a cab, restaurant, subway train, or park bench; we can transfer money from one account to another while waiting for our dental appointment; and our TVs are fast becoming the gateway to the digital world.
In a very short time span we have adjusted to these meteoric changes. Whether we like it or not, whether or not we are willing to accept this new reality, it is beyond question that we now live inside a digital cocoon. Whether we have joined this digital revolution or not, we are all constantly encased in those hidden 1s and 0s.
I have enthusiastically embraced this digital world. Although it seems incongruous that I could infuse my work with ancient myth and modern technology, I believe these two seemingly disparate ideas can mesh to create fascinating works of art.
A number of years ago, I participated in the National Geographic's Genographic Project by submitting a swab of tissue from the inside of my mouth, which contained my DNA. I was curious to find out about my own origins and where my ancient ancestors first walked on planet earth. Upon receiving the results, I discovered that 20,000 years ago, my very first grandfather lived in the Indus Valley, which is in the Indian Subcontinent. The report showed how my ancient ancestors moved from that area of the world, through Turkey and up into eastern Europe.
As a result of this new insight into my own origins, I began to realize that all of us, even those of us who live in the west and are so rooted in the present and future, are really ancient people. Our roots stretch back thousands of years, whether we are willing to acknowledge our ancient beginnings or not.
This insight gave me the realization that, maybe, within me lay many of those ancient myths that my long ago fathers developed to help them survive the difficulties of living on this planet. Although long dormant, I try to see if I can envision some of these myths within me that I cannot verbalize but may be able to access though my visual art. The works you see here are a way for me to try and connect with those myths left to me by those ancient peoples.
At one point in my life I spent a considerable amount of time working in the theater as an actor, producer, director, and playwright. I began acting by studying for two years with Josephine Forsberg at Second City in Chicago and spent some time working with Paul Sills and other improvisational teachers. This training taught me a valuable lesson – get out of my own way.
And by learning to get out of my own way, I have been able to just let the process happen. Don’t worry about the results, don’t try and control the process, don’t over think it, just let it happen. And that is what I attempt to do with each piece of art I work on – let the work direct itself, let the work guide me rather than me guiding the work. Improvisation, whether in life or in art, is a valuable tool in helping make whatever you are working on more real and organic.
There was a time when I loved creating black and white photography. But, maybe, as I grew older color began to play a greater role in my life. To walk into a gallery or museum room and be confronted with big, bold, colorful images is exhilarating. Consequently, I can’t imagine working without using bold colors and interesting shapes. I want to try and instill that same feeling I get when viewing those works of art into the people who will view mine.
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