the dreaded "mission statement"
As much as I hate the idea of a "mission statement", it seems everyone expects one from an artist.
I'm not on a mission, I'm just out to paint things that I connect with in some way. I don't feel compelled to explain them. Look at the piece and make your own assumptions.
They may have a particular story for me, but who cares? Ultimately, the images can be whatever you want them to be, and mean whatever you want them to mean. Either way, you're right. I make it, I paint it...but once it's done, the meaning and intent are inconsequential. As soon as the paint is dry, it's out of my hands and ultimately in yours.
if that answer wasn't adequate, well read on...
Between Facebook and twitter, we co-exist in a world where everyone seems compelled to share every excruciating detail of their lives with each other in a bid to be have the most friends, get the most followers and appear wildly interesting and successful in everything we attempt. And here's the rub: it's like we never left high school. The more we hide behind our profiles and manipulate the truth, the more we reveal about our insecurities and need for attention. It seems in the world of social networking, everything is either competing for your attention or blatantly ignoring - or, worse yet - rejecting you. At least that's one universal truth: we all crave acceptance, and we all fear rejection. If there's one thing I've learned so far about life it's that being "grown up" is exactly the same as it was in high school - only now we have Visa cards.
Therein lies the irony: we live in a world where the highest technological standards available now live alongside the lowest standard delivery systems - and we all seem fine with that. So, artistically, I can't help but be influenced by the dichotomy of the world we live in: where the Beatles can chart #1 on itunes in 2010, Madmen (set in 1964) is the top tv rated show, where we have access to state of the art technology with high definition tv, yet watch peoples' uploaded videos from youtube on our iphones. Kids listen to their parents music. We love our retro and nostalgia (the rolling stones still rule), and we love our state of the art modern urban technology (exlie on mainstreet movie downloadable from iTunes)
So it stands to reason that what I paint is influenced and reflective of my experiences, interests and my surroundings: I'm inspired by ( in no particular order): an old photo from an archive, people I've worked with as a makeup artist, by my love of mid century modern design and architecture, retro images, the work of Banksy, Tim's humor & music, Booka Shade, Girl Talk, my city, my house, my pets, my friends, Google, Facebook, technology, retro/vintage stuff, nature, places I've been, The Huffington Post, David Sedaris, David Rakoff, people I've known, met, seen, or wanted to meet, and/or anything that forces me to suppress inappropriate laughter. Obviously, it'd be nice if people like my work, but I'm not motivated by that. If you like it, great. If you don't, oh well. it's not going to change what or how I paint. So there you have it.
And if you still want more: here's a rant on the topic of themes
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