December 20, 2017

Before I head back to Wisconsin over the holiday break I tried to take advantage of my open schedule by starting two large paintings!

When I return in January I'll be ready to jump into these and start the second semester off running. 

Here's one that is almost complete. The title is still in the works but it's a continuation on the Front and Center series. In this series I'm interested in the process of inventing portraits and figure paintings. I don't work from a direct reference of a certain person. Instead I try to work with intuition and build the paintings until the form reveals a unique representation of what could be a real person with a history and charged emotion. 

 This painting begin with a spontaneous and open ended idea. The pose and initial palette was inspired by a small 8" x 8" painting I completed earlier in the semester. Working on a much larger surface 30" x 30" with this painting I quickly felt a pull to use the negative space to pop the image. This painting has gone...

December 17, 2017

Well semester one of the grad program has officially come to a close. As far as I can tell it was a successful first semester, but there's a long way to go! One of the final projects I had to submit for the seminar course was a video that related texts we read to my studio practice this semester. In the video I briefly discuss my responses to 5 of the 21 texts given to us by our professor Robert McCann. Enjoy!

December 8, 2017

So what's new...

I moved to Lansing, MI with Megan.

I began my candidacy as an MFA student at Michigan State University.

I've almost completed my first semester as an instructor of a Drawing course at MSU.

The practice of my studio work has broadened into new areas: sculpture, sound, installation.

I've met a wonderful group of students and faculty who are inspiring me to work harder.

While many of my social media ideas tend to fizzle out, I will make sure to post a few times during the holiday/academic break. Today I just wanted to share the progress of a most recent work in my studio. I built this sculpture as a final project for my Bodies of Sound elective course under the Artist-In-Residence Alejandro T. Acierto. Alejandro has spent the semester teaching us methods of Performance and Sound Art. This sculpture, currently Untitled, is blending forms of drawing, painting, sculpture, and sound. I'm interested in ways I can investigate forms of the internal and external aspects of identity and...

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