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.
Metamorphosis is about transformation from one state into a newer dynamic one. The Metamorphosis exhibition focuses on four different, and distinct styles of painting. Each painting style has it’s own unique personality. As a collective whole these twelve works on canvas best encompass my current interests of painting styles in my career. The restricted black and white designs display my attraction in sharp contrasting Op-Art visual effects. On the contrary, the CMYK designs are full of color achieved from overlapping secondary and tertiary shapes. The painting style of trompe l’oeil has been a highlight of mine during this creative process. The manipulation of shadows, and illusion of depth added a nice dimensional element to Metamorphosis' body of work. The fourth, and final painting style examines the relationship between both straight, and curved lines. The intention for this style was to have a balance within each of these defined compositions. During the designing process of this exhibition I had achieved my goals of stepping out of my creative comfort zone, while pushing forward in these aforementioned styles of my creative interest. Thank you and I hope you enjoy the show.
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.