Opening: September 07th, 2017
Metamorphosis is a museum style exhibition of large format paintings on canvas. Metamorphosis examines the symbiosis of shape, color, and form within a defined composition.
12 Months completes a year cycle. I’ve experienced 34 complete cycles thus far in my life. Over the years I’ve become very familiar with the range of different feelings, and impacts each month has on me.
My intention with my recent body of work is to show the viewer a visual portrayal of associations, and experiences I’ve had with each Month. This body of work explores new ways of incorporating my arrow icon into a variety of patterns, configurations, and abstract styles, while using the entire color spectrum as my palette.
My process started with reflecting back on each year, making detailed lists of colors, feelings, and associations I have with each month. I would use my written notes and transform these words into the visual designs of shape and color, you see in each painting.
I aimed to create each work with a unique feeling, while still having a consistency within the body of work. I intended to have my arrow icon act as the supporting role in every month’s composition. My goal is to have the arrow interact, transform, and re-create its shape as much as possible, helping illustrate the emotion and feeling of each month. During my creative process the consistent changing of colors, and emotions of each month both inspired, and challenged me.
The intention for my most recent body of artwork is to explore new directions and re-invent the arrow icon I have been creating for over the past 15 years.
The arrow icon is sharp and constructed of straight lines and angles, void of any curved elements. My intention is to contrast the existing sharp angles of the arrow, with the curved and circular cut lines, achieving a dynamic balance between the two with a new fresh look. Similar to that of a hair stylist making a perm on a head of hair that has always been straight.
To Remix, is to take from an existing foundation, deconstruct it, and rebuild with new insights with a personalized touch. Like a DJ takes a sample of a Mo-town song and remixes it with a hip hop beat, a new feeling and sound is created. My intention to take the straight structure of the arrow and remix it with curvaceous wood cuts, contrasting colours combination, all whilst maintaining the uniformed integrity of a line. My process had an emphasis on inter changing similar pieces of cut wood in an organized, curved composition, I had pre-designed. I chose wood as my medium as it’s a tangible and perfect for this style I wanted to achieve.
Detroit historically and currently encompasses many aspects of the definition of Remix. My first time visiting Detroit was in 2004, and a decade later I’ve noticed a large remix of the city, both positive, and negative. Detroit has style and a raw uncensored energy, there is no doubt about that. To debut this new style of work here in Detroit feels like a perfect fit. Detroit as well as this body of work are both growing and expanding into new dynamic directions.