My current work explores my interest in light, a phenomenon capable of bypassing accepted laws of physics. I do so by exercising a controlled meeting between the three dimensions of sculpture and the implied three dimensions of painting. An interplay of cubist and constructivist logic conveys the idea of multiple dimensions, beyond the three dimensions commonly accepted. Painted lines and planes hint at perspective and blend with the actual lines of suspended wires and constructed planes that peel from the walls. Painted shadows are confused with real ones cast by the various sculptural forms and have become essential to my work. Early in the 20th century, the simultaneous perspectives of Cubism challenged previously accepted notions of time and space. This imaginative take on non-Euclidean space was often linked to Einstein’s Relativity Theory. Although Einstein refused to acknowledge any connection between the two fields, I personally regard the theory as exceptionally beautiful and particularly informative for my practice. Through mural size projects I create landscapes or “spacescapes” in which I explore various formal concerns, including contradictions between illusion and flatness. But my work is also conceptual, as I incorporate and deconstruct illustrated astronomy books as a means of questioning the source material. I am fascinated by the unexplored territory of astronomical space because it lacks boundaries. Though our visions of the universe are influenced by the cultures we live in, for the most part it is unknown. Thus the space of cosmology becomes one I can examine as an independent observer, unaffected by the cultural restraints on interpreting the origins of space. Both the Theory of Relativity and more recent String Theory have demonstrated that the universe is uncharted and an especially strange place. This triggers an inevitable ambiguity in my thought processes and work.
site specific installation (book, acrylic paint, lights)
mixed media installation (paper, lights, acrylic paint, video projection). 2011