I recently had a terrible leak in my studio. The water damaged seventy percent of my paintings. I was devastated by the damage. One week after the damage to my work I received invitations to mount two solo shows in Chicago for 2012. The first is at the Hyde Park Art Center and the other at Hinge Gallery. And as they say, when it rains it pours...a week later I received a third invitation to mount a solo show in 2012 at Western Exhibitions Gallery in Chicago.
I work in narratives form and have a heavy Chicago Imagist influence. I mainly work in painting and drawing with a combination of collage. My work deals with relationship, both personal and cultural. I am interested in popular culture along with subcultures, race, and religion. I combine all these things but reframe to give a resolve. I use craft materials to add another element to my work. I believe these materials come with a meaning already and to use them and not have them take over my intended message.
I would like to challenge myself with these upcoming shows by making larger canvas paintings. After seeing my smaller paintings damaged it made me want to push harder. I need to purchase large shaped stretchers, paint, canvas, felt, and dye for the upcoming shows. Your backing will help me purchase these supplies, and I have various limited edition prints, drawings, and paintings offered as a thank you for your support.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. With your generous support I am now hard at work on my shows. Thank you for helping reach my goal.
I have two solo shows opening this month. The first is at the Hyde Park Art Center. It is titled Coco River Fudge Street after my blog of the same name. It is open to the public now. The reception is Feb. 12. The second show opens on the 27th at Western Exhibitions gallery here in Chicago. The is titled It's getting to the point where nobody respects the dead. Fresh to death. I've attached links below.