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Appropriated and ready made materials. Memory serves through the years. A certain place and time. A view from another angle. A new life for the lost and thrashed. Moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to escape grey confines of NYC. Escaped California to NYC in 2006 only to find myself needing more space. Moved around too much and now need certain rest. Finding it slowly and using the fresh scenery for new projects.

The original works were patterned abstracts inspired by rigid architecture and disintegrating morale. OMD knew it all too well; I was starting something that would soon become all encompassing, regardless of who knew and who cared. Friends and family would make frequent visits to our apartment only to find themselves trapped in between overwhelming lines and patterns. Nervous gazes, and comments like "How long did it take you to make these?" and "You should really try to put these up somewhere"…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 5
  • Joined July 16, 2008

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Chartpak graphic tape, vinyl tape, reused materials, found nature and wildlife photos, wood panels, sand, power, treeline felled timber scraps

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Appropriated and ready made materials. Memory serves through the years. A certain place and time. A view from another angle. A new life for the lost and thrashed. Moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to escape grey confines of NYC. Escaped California to NYC in 2006 only to find myself needing more space. Moved around too much and now need certain rest. Finding it slowly and using the fresh scenery for new projects.

The original works were patterned abstracts inspired by rigid architecture and disintegrating morale. OMD knew it all too well; I was starting something that would soon become all encompassing, regardless of who knew and who cared. Friends and family would make frequent visits to our apartment only to find themselves trapped in between overwhelming lines and patterns. Nervous gazes, and comments like "How long did it take you to make these?" and "You should really try to put these up somewhere". So I did and tried, and failed often, and tried again, and reactions were mixed, sometimes enthusiastic, sometimes indifferent -- usually the former. A friend stepped up who owned a gallery space in Los Angeles and offered a show. Show was taken during a time of massive change in my life. Show was held and was favorable, though only one piece sold. At any rate, a confidence was established where 0 existed prior. A move to NYC was planned and executed. A life almost wasted there. They say New York City is good for art. I found inspiration there but proceeded to do nothing with it but whine and complain. The creative process was halted and resumed back on the West Coast -- 9 months later.

The Nature Paths and Wildlife Analysis series became fully realized in Portland. The work is comprised largely of found materials gleaned from myriad thrift stores, scrap yards, re-use centers, and yard sales. My goal is to collect as many old nature and wildlife photographs as I can and begin re-mixing/re-envisioning the original subjects. I want the viewer to see these familiar and not so familiar images in a different manner. I try to leave the focal point of the image intact, while adding colors and patterns that could have always been there, but just never seen until now.

The joy in making these pieces reveals itself in the "hunt" for the objects. I never know what I'm going to find when entering a thrift store, or stumbling upon a particularly interesting yard sale. I know that there may be something worthwhile, or just a lot of rubbish revealing zero inspiration. Often times I find myself plotting ideas right then and there at the site of a good "find". If I see that there is some promise in an object, I more than likely acquire it and take it home. A lot of these things sometimes lay around for months collecting dust and receding further into the corners of my studio. Other times an object is taken home and worked on immediately. Some of my favorite pieces have been on the verge of being forgotten forever, but safely resurrected from the shadows and brought back into the light. There's nothing better than stumbling upon something while cleaning or organizing and thinking, "Wow, I never realized what could be done with this before?"

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