is a Californian painter who studied at New York Academy of Art.
His work is often associated with Science Fiction, and the Post-Apocalyptic. While the genre narratives, that create this continuity of ideas have had a huge impact on my visual memory, he has never really been that interested in the superficial signifiers of alien technology, space battles and blasted wastelands. For him, the pull of the fantastical has always been the promise of ‘When you enter through these doors, your existential understanding of the nature of things will be questioned.’ It is that promise, and the examination of it, that has been the unifying thread in all of his work.
He has always been obsessed with the reductive investigation of natural systems and their visual replication, not for purely mimetic ends, but from a deep fear that he could not have any predictable interaction within a given system without first knowing all the forces at work in it. Previous work often focused on sublime optical phenomena and massive cataclysmic events as they present situations where the viewer is placed into a moment, where the natural world has reorganized itself into a beautiful, terrifying and unfamiliar system of forces. For him, that Suspension of the Known pops the bubble of the ecology of the self and for a moment lets in the briefest glimpse of the inaccessible cosmos. That which lies between what we have seen, and what we know must be there, but can never reach. It is that inner need, the deep emotional desire to want to encounter the Beyond, while being set so solidly in an indifferent cosmos, that sets up conflict in the new work.
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