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SITE RESPONSIVE WORK

My work responds to other people’s work, research, and memory. Giving the art back to these sources is an interest of mine. Site specific performance and installation make this possible.


My performances and installations interact with local places and public memories, addressing several American habits of being. These include an attachment to grandeur and fame, a deeply personal claim to public space, a melancholic view of time, and a half-hearted belief in a rational universe.


As a public artist doing temporal work, I’m concerned with the power of enchanting real time and space and  exchanging ideas with pedestrians in Denver through spoken and written conversation.  Like Antonio Lopez-Garcia, I long “for an art of our times in which a number of people can participate."  Like Suzi Gablik, I  believe in “an expanded vision of art as a social practice and not just a disembodied eye.”


PICTURES

In content, my paintings and drawings address the same habits of being as the site specific work: an attachment to grandeur and fame, a deeply personal claim to public space, a melancholic view of time, and a half-hearted belief in a rational universe.


In form, I embrace several painting belief systems with irony and earnestness:  from the WPA regionalists, the potential of local narrative to inspire citizens, from the surrealists, an illustrative disenchantment with rationalism, from the New York School, the tension between illusion and the picture plane and  from Eastern and Western icon painters, the transformation of the self through image contemplation.