What are these Artifacts…?
My Artifacts project are moments of presence turned into things. I know they exist once they make me feel something, sometimes that something is not emotional, though.
A great friend of mine once told me that the reason he liked to play guitar, was the same reason he liked to play soccer: to touch the ball with his foot. The rules of the game and teamwork and winning… all of that stuff was secondary.
It was the same way the string felt when he played it, when he touched it; and the song, theory, tempo, rhythm …the band, etc… all was secondary to the feeling of the touch of the string.
It is zooming into those little essence moments in everything we do. This is how we find life. This is what I’m focusing on with the Artifacts process.
This process happens as I surrender forcing the ink on the paper and instead, I let it be what it will be. My focus is on the brush on the paper and feeling when it wants to bend and veer.
Maybe this is ink calligraphy art, maybe they’re drawings or logos, icons …or codes, maybe they’re something else, maybe not, maybe they’re nothing…
I can’t tell you what these things are, I just make lots of them, I’ve been doodling them since I was very young and the ones that are clearly something, do float to the surface.
The Aperture Series is meant to act as an opening into the inner world of the observer. Each piece is a different interpretation of raw energy meant to transfer a particular type of frequency into the room.
The first wave of these pieces started coming through during the 3rd quarter of 2014, up to the spring of 2016, and they ended up feeling like doors or windows, Portals if you will.
I see this series as dual entryways into other states of perception: from the subconscious, to imagination, to clear moments of pure specific direction.
Aside from maybe an idea of which colors to use or what technique, I dive into each painting like an explorer in a foreign land and allow it to show me what it wants to be.
These pieces are 36″ x 48″. I use oil paint and palette knives —these give me the opportunity to let the “mistakes” happen— It’s how most of the information comes through.
These Portals are teaching me about intuition: how to listen and feel. How to perceive beyond the constraints of intellect and logic; they’re teaching me how to use a different type of compass in my life.
Now it’s 2020 and I keep working on more Aperture pieces: a second wave… and a couple of new ones will make their way to the website sometime this year —yes, oil paint does take a looooooong time to dry… months, even years!
I also started a couple other series: The Visions Series & The 64 Gates and including the Aperture Series, these 3 are all ongoing and I’ll keep working on them for years to come. The Visions Series will be sporadic additions, since these paintings are a more specific “idea” that represents something more specific.