In 2005 I built my first screen-printing station with my roommate, using salvaged wood, the small bathroom in my apartment as a dark room and the bathtub as a large sink. Shortly after, I found myself fully engrossed in large-scale art reproduction at the highest rate and at the largest attainable size. This led me to begin building large screens and stencils.
New York City introduced me to wheat pasting. While visiting, I found myself in love with the spread of such an accessible art form and inspired by its magnitude. The sheer size of the work and how aged and worn it begins to look after being exposed to natural elements after such a short period of time. This overwhelmed me. This alone was a statement on society, our social network culture and our obsession with self-gratification. During this trip I could not help but feel art should be readily accessible and what makes it distinct is its fragility. It can age and change over time or even be lost forever.
I like happy mistakes in art, ink bleeds, areas that are worn away or lifted. As well as, art work affected by age, sun, rain and natural elements. I think some mistakes, simplicity and chance are beautiful fundamentals of creating.
Shortly after my trip to New York I began to create large format images of my work on large panels, using my love of repetition, mass production and reproduction. I began to incorporate any and every tool possible to age the art work. I soon set out to find other artists like myself and found I was not alone. Such artists like Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol also shared the same need for large format work and image replication.
Much of my work is created by combining hand drawings, digitally removing the human hand and then forcing the element of the human hand back into the work. In the 21st century everything is affected by digital media and the Internet. Most works of art created today will be seen on digital devices more times than in person. I create art to encourage interactions―physically and digitally.
I'm truly captivated by the development process of taking a simple idea from nothing and watching it grow into a completed project that can not only be seen, but also touched, interpreted and enjoyed by the viewer. I love to create and I've held that love since my childhood. Images allow me to share an idea or spark an emotion almost instantly. It is the very emotion I use to create new ideas and to inspire new work.
October 1, 2014