Paintings: Many of these images explore peoples’ relation to society and themselves. How connected are they to what is happening around them, or right on top of them? The paintings are a visual exploration into existentialism - analyzing existence and the freedom, responsibility and isolation of the individual. Are they in environments that they created, or are forced to live in?
Drawings: These graphite sketches of x-rated images began with shapes of color over the naughty bits, acting as censorship marks and becoming decorative elements at the same time. I began to remove the shapes and more and more information, producing these “minimalist” drawings, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks. Even though little information is available, it’s still obvious what the full image looks like. Sometimes they become humorous mainly because of the facial expressions. It’s easy when viewing pornography to objectify the individuals and ignore the fact that these are fellow human beings. These drawings oddly present both concepts - removing so much information and reducing the people to lines and body parts at first dehumanizes them. Yet, it also forces the viewer to focus more on their faces and hands, which humanizes them as individual people.
Lounge Life/Cocktails: Part of my life was spent as a bar owner. Liquid Lounge (bar and art gallery) in Hoboken, NJ and 12" DJ Bar in New York City. In addition to the cocktail still-lifes are images from bars and clubs in NY and Las Vegas.