“MAYA” 18″ x 24″ (Acrylic paint, Plexiglas, bleach, tee shirt, string)
I am very happy to announce that I have finally completed a new painting.
I last showed at Antikulture gallery during Art Basel (Miami) in 2007. Since then I have spent time away from painting, and focused on founding websites like Headquarters. By joining people like Aaron Cobbett, this website is my contribution to our community.
I have described my process in the past as follows:
My process is a search for the spirituality that runs through me as a consumer. The mission is to find a solution via the paths of new urbanism. The previous Art Basel installation was a series of illustrative beasts, collaged as examples of socio-economic issues. By using collage, each piece explores the possibility of finding spirituality in a contemporary urban environment. This is done through the repurposing of found items. Along each cut of paper is an entire life of the object. Branded, marketed, discarded, paper becomes trash, once as advertisement, now exists as the finger print of art. This is reincarnation, a third generation, sampled. The final product is a reconciliation of various elements woven into a narrative. Once inert garbage is now breathing life.
I am still in search of a spirituality that exists in an often times draining, daily grind of living in an urban enviornment.
This new piece is titled “MAYA”. Like previous paintings, it was constructed using very cheap acrylic paint on Plexiglas. the brushes are contaminated, and hues muted. The Plexiglas is mounted on a canvas that has been wrapped in an old tee shirt. The midtones of the flesh were achieved by bleaching various parts of the shirt. String has also been used to sew the tee shirt.
“Maya is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled.” Much like the paradox of art itself, “Maya is neither true nor untrue. Since Brahman is the only truth, Maya cannot be true. Since Maya causes the material world to be seen, it cannot be untrue.”
The tee shirt (for whatever odd reason) has the ingredients for amyl nitrite printed on it. “Physical effects (of amyl nitrite) include decrease in blood pressure, headache, flushing of the face, increased heart rate, dizziness, and relaxation of involuntary muscles, especially the blood vessel walls.” This portion of the tee shirt is placed under the figure’s brain and mind, and used to illustrate the modern, industrial, conceptualization of “maya” in regard to the Hindu understanding.
This painting is the latest edition to my portraiture series, and is for sale. Inquiries can be made by contacting me at email@example.com