These recent paintings and drawings are about a contrast between density and open space. This formal interest and way of seeing the world is also rooted in my interest in the landscape as a subject. Carrying a camera with me, I am continuously snapping photos of cell phone towers, surveillance cameras, shipping containers and other hidden structures pervasive on the contemporary landscape. I also have used satellite imagery from Google Earth as a source, offering a different perspective on the landscape. I take these photos back to the studio and use them as references, combining the images, putting them into a new context, or stripping away all but fragments of them. It is largely a subtractive process, pushing out all context or detail, isolating a silhouette, pattern or basic structure of the landscape, pushing toward an abstracted, iconic image.
I am using the subject of landscape as a way of exploring the physical structures that have a dichotomy of meaning in our modern society. This recent series has focused structures of convenience, security, and consumption, while at the same time representing manufactured desire, fear, dependence, and paranoia. These structures are both subversive and pervasive on the landscape. They are often added to rooftops and existing infrastructure. This growth seems to take on a momentum of its own. Being quite literal about it, I have been approaching these as structures as inspired by landforms and plant growth, a continuous process of multiplication and reclamation on the urban landscape. The contrast of open space and density is the form I have used to explore the contemporary landscape, interpreting the role of these structures, challenging our notions of privacy and exposure, convenience and dependence.