ARTIST STATEMENT “An artist is nothing but a powerful memory that can move itself at will through certain experiences sideways.” Lisa Halliday (Asymmetry: A Novel)
Everyday encounters evoke recollections of the past without conscious effort. I draw from these involuntary memories of places and experiences, although I question the reliability of my memory. As more time passes the events get distorted and become more about perception and less about reality. Memories turn into myths and only recall chosen aspects of the past. When I’m painting I use the liberties the medium allows to dislocate objects and figures, recalling the hazy state of memories in which certain details fall into place while others fade away.
The paintings explore quiet moments when the familiar is disrupted, shedding new light on the ordinary. The fictional scenes depict unfolding narratives from an ordinary protagonist’s perspective, exploring how to relate to the world with a sense of curiosity. Each environment is fully invented, allowing the observed to mingle with the imagined. The realistic rendering brings immediacy while further inspection draws attention to the inherent falsehood, creating uncanny imagery speaking to the strangeness of everyday life.
I think back to moments traveling when time felt endless. Days spent on trains and buses, looking through windows to get a glimpse of the countless unknown places passing by. Each one containing worlds which I will never set foot in, nevertheless my imagination allows stories to form against these backdrops. Memories arrive without choice and blur the past with the present. The train will inevitably pull into its final destination in the dark. Waking the next morning in a fog surrounded by unfamiliar sights and smells. A sense of mystery is provoked by the unknown and unseen.
BORN 1986 Columbus, OH
EDUCATION 2013 MFA, Columbia University, New York, NY 2009 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Painting, Graphic Design
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 Moving Memory Sideways, George Billis Gallery – Los Angeles, CA 2017 Gap in the Net, George Billis Gallery – New York, NY 2011 A Freeway’s Reach, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010 Fabricated Realism, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2008 Paintings, MICA Meyerhoff Piano Gallery, Baltimore, MD
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fisher Landau Center for Art – Queens, NY 2013 Wider Than a Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery – Portland, OR 2013 Magical Thinking, 200 Livingston – Brooklyn, NY 2012 First Year MFA Exhibition, Columbia University Wallach Gallery – New York, NY 2012 Summer Show, George Billis Gallery – Los Angeles, CA 2011 Red Dot Fair, George Billis Gallery Booth, New York, NY 2011 Art Chicago, George Billis Gallery Booth, Chicago, IL 2010 Red Dot Fair, George Billis Gallery Booth, Miami, FL 2010 Art Chicago, George Billis Gallery Booth, Chicago, IL 2009 Academic 2009, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC 2009 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2009 Summer in the City, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2009 On the Road, Skummi & Co. Gallery, New York, NY 2009 Portraits, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown, PA 2009 The Light Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2008 Quasi-Painting, Curated by Cara Ober, Randall Scott Gallery, Washington, DC 2008 Juried Undergraduate Exhibit, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2007 Magnitude Seven Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2007 Juried Undergraduate Exhibit, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2006 Magnitude Seven Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2006 Juried Undergraduate Exhibit, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2006 Inside the Artist Studio, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH 2006 Lots, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD 2005 Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH 2005 Magnitude Seven Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2005 Juried Undergraduate Exhibit, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 2017 American Art Collector, featured art on cover and article, “Unnerving Unreality”, June Issue 140 2016 Harpers Magazine, painting featured in Readings section, June Issue 2016 Dine Alone Music Inc, The Dirty Nil - Higher Power, art work featured on album cover 2015 Bloch, Julia, Valley Fever, artwork featured on cover, Published by Sidebrow Books 2014 Juxtapoz Magazine, featured artist, interview by Kristin Farr, November Issue 2013 Harper’s Magazine, painting featured in Readings section, September Issue 2013 It’s Nice That 2013 Annual, artwork featured, published by It’s Nice That, London 2013 New American Paintings, artwork featured, MFA Annual, Issue 105 2013 Art Bussiness News, featured in 30 under Thirty, summer issue 2013 Barlow, Callie, The Avant/Garde Diaries, online Interview, January 28th 2013 Cox, Barney, Don’t Panic Magazine, online Interview, January 14th 2012 New Statesman Magazine, illustrated The Coup by Tom Rachman, December 7th - 13th 2012 Siddall, Liv, It’s Nice That, online blog feature, November 20th 2012 Kurze, Caroline, IGNANT, online blog feature, November 15th 2012 Pricco, Evan, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Online blog feature, Octorber 15th 2011 New York Magazine, Peter Orszag Illustration, April 18, 2011 2011 Bliss Magazine, painting featured, April 2011 issue #5.4 2011 Semi-Permanent, painting featured, annual book 2011, Sydney, Australia 2010 Harper’s Magazine, painting featured, October 2010 2010 Hooligan Magazine, featured artist, November Issue, Moscow, Russia 2010 Carne Visual Arts Magazine, featured artist, Issue #5, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010 Fan the Fire Magazine, featured artist, Issue #38 2010 American Art Collector Magazine, featured solo exhibit Fabricated Realism, July Issue 2010 Gibbson, Eric, 100 Artist of the Male figure, Featured Artwork 2010 Fortmann, Sven, Lowdown Magazine, interview, Issue 69 – Berlin, Germany 2010 Empty Magazine, featured artist, Issue 18 – Sydney, Australia 2010 Daydream Magazine Online, featured artist, May – Trieste, Italy 2009 New American Paintings, artwork featured on cover, Issue 81 2009 6M1P Magazine, featured artwork – Toulouse, France 2009 Hunter, Emily, Locus Magazine, interview, Issue 6 2009 Shelflife Records, Horse Shoes’ The Imperial School EP, artwork featured on album’s cover 2009 Heller, Steven, Design School Confidential, work featured 2008 Juxtapose, MICA publication, work featured 2007 Magnitude Seven, exhibition catalog, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2006 National Drawing Annual, exhibition catalog, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2013 Adjunct Teacher, Columbia University School of the Arts – New York, NY Figure Painting (Summer) 2012 Teaching Assistant, (for Chris Jehly,) Columbia University School of the Arts – New York Drawing II (Fall) 2012 Teaching Assistant, (for Tim Lokiec,) Columbia University School of the Arts – New York Painting I (Spring)
HONORS AND AWARDS 2008 Evergreen Foundation Award 2008 Best in Show – MICA Juried Undergraduate Exhibit 2007 Concordia Foundation Award 2007 Best in Show – MICA Juried Undergraduate Exhibit 2006 MICA Achievement Award