I use whaling imagery to explore desires and fears of war, sex, tyranny, overpopulation, consumption, cults, global warming, social rituals, and extinction. Much like the maps of early explorers, the society I envision is seen at a microcosmic level. Humans are merely parasites and nature its host. These depictions perhaps allude to the Freudian concept of destrudo: the destructive impulse to destroy both oneself and everything else. This world could also be seen as a fusing of Bosch and early-Japanese landscape painting. Although in this case, man is not living harmoniously in a serene landscape, and Bosch's "Garden of earthly delights" has frozen over, God is no longer present, and every sinner carries a harpoon.
Artist Bio / CV
Exhibitions 2010 "Draw" Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. Mexico City, Mexico. “Trophy Room” Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY. 2009 “In the end, we begin again.” Uster, Switzerland. “Liste Basel.” Anonymous Drawings Archive, Kaskadenkondensator Basel. Switzerland “Drawing Quirks III.” Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY. "Draw" Shooting Gallery. San Francisco, CA. “Anonymous Drawings/Selection.”Fruehsorge, Contemporary drawings. Berlin, Germany.. 2008 “Preview Berlin” Berlin Tempelhof Airport, loop gallery. Berlin, Germany. “Figur des Körpers.” loop gallery. Berlin, Germany. “Its Not Easy.” Exit Underground at Exit Art. New York, NY. "Anonymous Drawings / Selection." Stadtscheune Gallery, Otterndorf , Germany. "New American Talent: The Twenty-Third Exhibition." Arthouse at the Jones Center. Austin, TX. "Convergence." Maryland Art Place. Baltimore, MD. "Passage.", curated by Jason Hughes, The Library. Baltimore, MD. " Anonymous Drawings N° 8". Meinblau e.V., Berlin, Germany. "Draw" Stolen Space Gallery - London. UK. 2007 "Rumors" Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD. "Re-appropriating the Ancient," Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD. Awards 2010 Triangle Residency. Brooklyn, NY. 2009 Akku Award studio & residency grant , Uster, Switzerland 2008 Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany Triangle Workshop, Brooklyn, NY Hoffberger Painting Award, Baltimore, MD Publications 2010 Eduard Gautschi, “Der Weltuntergang hat nicht nur Schattenseiten.” Tages Anzeiger, Oberland. Andreas Leisi, ”Die geheimnisvolle Lust, Künstler zu sein.” Zürcher Oberländer. Sina Najafi, Artist Project: The Grey Unknown. Cabinet Magazine, Issue 33. Spring 2009 Alexandra Jans, “Storms wirbelt Kunstszene auf.” Tages-Anzeiger, Oberland. 2009 Paddy Johnson, Triangle International and National Residency. Art Fag City. Angella Emmett, An experiment with “New American Talent,” Glasstire. Kate Noonan, Group Dynamics. Baltimore City Paper. Jean Claire van Ryzin, This year’s ‘New American Talent’. Art Austin.