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  • Matt

    graphite and gouache on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Matt (detail)

    graphite and gouache on paper

  • Ed

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Ed (detail)

    graphite on paper

  • Evan (here)

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Evan (there)

    graphite on paper then erased 11 x 14 inches

  • Evan (there) detail

    graphite on paper then erased

  • Alexa

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Alexa (detail)

    graphite on paper

  • Amanda

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2011

  • Erin

    graphite and wine on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Erin (detail)

    graphite and wine on paper

  • Paul

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • EllaMay

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2011

  • EllaMay (detail)

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches

  • Huggie Bear

    graphite and ink on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Huggie Bear (detail)

    graphite and ink on paper

  • Huggie Bear (detail)

    graphite on paper

  • Kathy

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Matthew

    graphite on paper 11 x 14 inches 2011

  • Matthew

    graphite on paper

  • Lydia

    graphite and sidewalk chalk on paper 11 x 14 inches 2010

  • Clint (installation view and detail at Zeitgeist Gallery)

    graphite on drywall 48 x 96 inches 2010

  • Clint (installation view at threesquared Gallery)

    graphite on drywall 26 x 39 x 12 inches 2011

  • Stephen (installation and detail view)

    graphite on drywall 4 x 4 inches 2011

    My itinerant schedule has led me to identify all too well with the transitory lifestyle of the ramblin’ man. In preparation for my upcoming cross-country move, my sense of organization has intensified as I edit my possessions down to what fits in a suitcase. Because of this, themes such as containment, portability, and displacement have predominantly driven this work and its installation.

   This series of meticulous pencil drawings is a time-intensive study that investigates memory, empathy, and isolation. I exclusively use my family and friends as subjects, giving the viewer an opportunity to empathize with important figures in my life---figures from which I am often removed. The medium and scale of the drawings are determined by one key factor: portability. Since I created nearly all of them while on the road, it was critical that they fit in the bottom of my suitcase.   

  Video and sound incorporate a time-based element that further explores the ephemeral nature of traveling---the coming and going, the ebb and flow, the swells and depressions. Similarly, the site-specific works draw attention to the immediate environment and acknowledge impermanence. Compositionally, I place emphasis on the unseen as well as the seen. This visually charges the negative space and suggests reasons and motivations behind the subject’s action. The surrounding space and environment isolates the subject allowing the individual’s personality and character to be dissected, radiated, consumed or overwhelmed.

    Representation is vital to my work as it enables the viewer empathetic access to pleasures and struggles far removed from their own.  Art historian and theorist Kaja Silverman eloquently describes this type of empathy as “remembering other people’s memories.”

Installation and exhibition images available here.

Press release available here.