I am interested in the idea of space, and how we define and use that term. I see space as a fluid concept, moving between the completely abstract (i.e. perceptual space) to literal 3-D space.
I use architectural diagrams as a main element in my work because we are culturally attuned to them as indicators of "space", so they do not require much additional explanation, even when the type of space they actually represent (abstract, perceptual) is different from the one they purport to represent (concrete, 3-D).
I am interested in relating virtual space to visual and architectural space. My main inspirations are Baroque illusionism and graphical user interfaces. I like the Baroque because of its overflowing of one space into the other. Virtual space is similar to the Baroque - not only in its predilection for special effects, but also in general freedom of movement, although more in an abstract sense than physical.
My work flows from this abstract space (perceptual/psychological space) to the physical: in the installation work, this occurs by breaking the traditional painterly frame and making the architecture of the room not something that is (or should be) invisible, but an equal element in the work. I re-introduce elements of Baroque excess - color and visual cues that break the 2-D plane. I erase the figure/ground within the work by activating the architectural space around it.
The "traditional" paintings frame a view into space, as opposed to bringing that space out towards the viewer. Familiarity with the idea of the painterly window - or screen/UI - makes the frame relatively invisible, so the works take advantage of both framed and unframed attributes, such as tighter control over design, but also a freedom of psychological movement through abstract space - color, perception, idea - as the elements are delineated from their surrounding physical environment.
My works take a multi-dimensional approach, making them harder to see as views into or out of one space, but instead different spaces that are folded and spliced into one another. However, strong formal considerations make it so that whatever form it takes, it never forgets that it's a painting.
Artist Bio / CV
Born: 1976, Jackson MS
Works: LA, CA
2006 M.F.A., Claremont Graduate University
1998 Post-Bacc, SMFA, Boston
1997 A.B., Princeton University
Invirtuality (solo), Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles
Speculative Materialism, DBlock, Long Beach
Working Space (solo), Lawndale Art Center, Houston
Volume, AT1:Projects, Los Angeles, curated by Andrea Neustein
Forever Now, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA, curated by David Pagel
Edenistic Divergence, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, catalogue
Infrastructure, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Lush, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
Sum of Parts, dba256, Pomona, CA, curated by Andi Campognone
Velocity, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Modular: New Art from Los Angeles, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, catalogue, curated by Dana Turkovic
TarFest 2006, Los Angeles
Supersonic, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, catalogue
Scale, Gallery 825, Los Angeles
New Math, LACDA, Los Angeles
In the Game, Bancroft Gallery, Cohasset, MA, juror: William Stover, MFA Boston
Best Laid Plans (solo), Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA
Greater LA MFA, CSU, Long Beach
Exquisite, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA
Post-Bacc Show, C-Gallery, Boston
A Thesis Show (solo), Lucas Gallery, Princeton, NJ
2007 Finalist, NY, NY 2007, myartspace.com
Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, NY, NY
2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant - Nominee
2005 CGU MFA Fellowship
Davies, Stacy. "Paradise Lost." IE Weekly 17 Dec 2009
Davies, Stacey. "Connecting the Dots." IE Weekly Vol. 2 Iss 49. Mar 2008.
"Gallery Highlights." Alarm Magazine Iss 27. Summer 2007
Krainak, Paul. "Modular: New Art from Los Angeles." Art Papers July/Aug 2007
"Index." Artworld Digest [Brooklyn, NY] Mar 2007
Bonetti, David. "White Flag Projects." St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4 Feb 2007
Callahan, Teresa. "Raising the flag." West End Word. 24 Jan 2007
McMillan, Megan. "Modular: New Art from Los Angeles." 11 Jan 2007. http://www.meganandmurray.com/
Bonetti, David. "White Flag unveils LA creativity." St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 4 Jan 2007
New American Paintings No. 67. Boston: Open Studios Press, Jan 2007