I want to be open to the complexity of the world around me, and drawing helps me to do it. Looking closely is paramount; I find that if you look closely enough at the literal you will nearly always discover a phenomenological surprise worth dwelling on.
Like any good meditative practice, my drawings are mostly about patience and paying attention. I limit my mark making to only four colors of straight lines, and I use them to construct a space with a strict internal logic of color and light. I don’t find these self imposed rules restrictive; on the contrary I find that they free me to focus even more on the subtle details I see around me. I am a big believer in Kierkegaard’s statement that “the more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.”
The drawings’ logical and modular structure also means they can be enlarged and reproduced on walls. In this context the drawings on paper become templates for large scale, collaborative drawing projects. These site-contingent drawings become social installations that foreground the collaborative and performative nature of public art and explicitly highlight the importance of shared labor in producing such large scale works.
Conceptually, I am interested in the labor that computers and machines do and in the relationship it has to tactile, human labor. My drawings may be hand made, but their syntax is inspired by computers and the repetitive, rule based algorithms by which they operate. My color choices are based on on the process color model used in commercial printing, and my linear marks are inspired by the etching and engraving techniques that were one of the first methods of mechanical reproduction. I wonder what it would be like to see like a machine, and to work like a machine. Would such a radical depersonalization allow me to see more things or less clearly? Can we even conceive of a nature separate from ourselves and our mechanical tools? What would a romantic landscape for a robot look like? Can machines have an aesthetic? Does human production have a future in a digitally dominated economy? These are some of the questions that interest me.