POV: Kaleidascape

•October 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The POV series is inspired by the subject of point of view and how one frames the world.

POV Kaleidascape is inspired by the way which light passes through water and creates a rainbow depending on one’s point of view. People are essentially made of water and light (electrons) and thus essentially an apparition defined by a point of view. It has been said that a man is three things: What he thinks he is; What others think he is; And what he really is. Which is the truth? When a man is wrong about himself, and others are wrong about him, who is left to say what he really is? At what point in time can a man be fixed and frozen, if he is to live and grow?

Within the center of the sunflower, the seeds spiraling in a loose golden spiral take the form of a color blind test. The colorblind test suggests in itself the idea that we see the world differently and only some can see what is within. The image within is the caduceus, the staff wielded by the goddess Iris, whom is personified as a rainbow, the messenger of the gods, the connection to divinity, and the one whom feeds the clouds water needed to deluge the world. I also utilized the caduceus as it is the symbol utilized to represent Kundalini energy, with the serpents being personification of the Ida and Pingala channels. This piece was a breakthrough in my own personal meditation as I thought the POV series were studies on the sixth chakra, otherwise known as the ajna chakra or third eye. This sixth chakra has to do with recognition, imagination, visualization and perception. Perception being not reality, but how we limit reality. When meditating on the chakras I realized the seventh chakra, otherwise known as the sahasrara or crown chakra, is often depicted as a flower, a rainbow, the sun, or a mirror, all of which reside in this piece. The seventh chakra dissolves the illusion of an individual self and experiences true bliss in nonduality. Bliss is thus found within, so don’t go looking without. “That for which they seek is that which searches.” -Saint Francis of Assissi

 

Media: holographic papers, handmade papers, glassine, wood, metal, string, frame corners.

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POV: Inscape

•September 30, 2013 • 1 Comment

The POV series is inspired by the subject of point of view and how one frames the world.

POV: Inscape is inspired by the idea of how one attempts to divide, define and grasp the world. When one feels as a separate being they can access feelings of being in control of their environment and better yet, to become better then everything and everyone else in it. This sense of being a victor or successful, is as if trying to grab tiny bubbles of trapped air arising in a fountain. These bubbles arising can be as empty as any object, success or failure, the true value lies in what one does with it. This work depicts a boy composed of the same substance as the bubbles he is blowing. These bubbles raise into the air forming clouds and are thus suggested in time, to burst and lose their separation from one another. How one see’s the world is how one see’s themselves. What is with-in, is as what is with-out.

Media: acrylic, wood door, frame corners, metal, string, wood dowels, paper, glassine

Size: 8′ X 2.5′ X 1′

POV: Cloudscape

•September 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The POV series is inspired by the subject of point of view and how one frames the world.

POV: Cloudscape is inspired by the idea of looking at clouds and seeing different things through one’s imagination. Human beings, also being composed of mostly water, thus see each other and one-selves in different light and as separate beings, despite them all inherently being made of the same stuff. How one experiences an object or another person, is really how one experiences themselves.

 

Media: wood, acrylic, string, metal, paper, glassine, and frame corners.

Size: 2.5′ X 4.5′ X 1′

Lyndale Tobacco Exterior Mural

•August 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This exterior mural painted by Jake Eidem, Katie Hill, Tyler Hawkinson and myself was designed to reflect the interior mural and the store’s new identity branding.

Oppenheimer’s Garden

•August 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A large scale installation at the Gamut Gallery for the Liminal Cognition Exhibition.

The name Oppenheimer’s Garden references Oppenheimer’s research on the atomic bomb and the mushroom cloud produced by the nuclear reaction. This installation displays a variety of clouds composed of mushroom’s which literally translates this devastating phenomenon, but conceptually offers a contradictory display as the cloud’s appear to be living organisms.

I’ve utilized mushroom’s in my previous work as a metaphor for the life force, from it’s vitality and inability to be constrained in Heisenberg’s Garden, to it’s nature with energy in Albert’s Garden and now in it’s relation to water in Oppenheimer’s Garden. All living organisms are mostly composed of water, condensed clouds if you will. Oppenheimer’s Garden is in essence, a very literal translation of the life force juxtaposed with the greatest form of destruction we’ve yet come to know.

Darwin’s Garden

•June 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

Darwin’s Garden, 2013, Mixed Media