The German Dada artist Max Ernst once said: “there is art about art and there is art about life”. My work resonates with the latter. I envision myself as a visual anthropologist of early 21st century urban Los Angeles and Pasadena.
In my drawings and paintings, I’m attempting to capture specific moments in public/social situations in which people are unconsciously involved in a meaning-making moment. These people are documented in a serendipitous fashion. I frequent urban areas to bare witness to the social interactions that unfold in public places such as in front of commercial businesses, bus stops, malls, clubs and many locations which might be considered public. The locations and its observer are the only constant.
In my current work, I am persistently searching for moments in public human experience which hold everyday surface (maybe even banal) meanings, but could possibly transcend them as well. I’m attempting to capture universality of everyday moments. If I were to do the same project in another country, I would attempt to capture the same cultural/social interactions that take place in those particular countries. Human interaction is diverse in the world, but I’m aiming to find common threads.
Some of the artists whom I admire are the French 19th century artist Honore’ Daumier and early 20th century American artist John Sloan Both of these artists documented the interactions of people according to their time period. In my current work, I too am aiming for social observation and documentation.
Los Angeles has been an infinite source of inspiration. The ephemeral subject that I choose to portray demands a quickness of production. I work in a figurative fashion, utilizing watercolor and pen and ink because of its quick and spontaneous qualities.
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