Most Current work:
My current work is primarily digital, created in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. It's like digital story telling to me. My work ebbs and flows roughly every two years. That's a pattern I'm seeing as I review my work. It started when I did the toy sculptures dedicated to my
brother Tim. I worked in that medium for two years, I chose toys, toys
even played with together, but yet they still had meaning to me,
the color of them, the idea of us playing with them together, maybe I was just trying to hang
onto to him in some way, our youth when we were together. That series
helped my with my grieving, I felt like he was
with me. Well two years, that's a lot of toys, I don't have a place to
store them, so that's where my work begins to change..
photo montage series began. I love driving around the city back then, I
also got to know the city doing it. Also, there was so
much hype on Detroit, what a great city it was, how everyone wanted to
come and live here. The outskirts were pretty grim, many folks were
displaced. So for two years
my focus was the city, outside the downtown proper. The blight, the
displaced, it continues, I still work with it the concept and continue
to bring awareness to the concern of blight, but now I am digitally
creating the scene, work
in progress.... experimenting.
My piece Homogenized below, I
enjoy creating a digital drawing, a digital reference of things I find
that originated in Detroit. The Detroit series has many aspects to it.
The story telling is my toy sculptures, the series inspired by my brother, but now made
digitally, sure takes up a lot less space.
About my work:
My work deals with the human aspects of life. I touch on human frailty,
suffering and redemption, current events or social dilemmas. My work
may reveal anguish or sadness, it may also indicate a new spirit or
faith or just plain silly. My art is about being human being with flaws and humility. I use
art as a conduit for inward contemplation, and understanding. Certainly,
not all my work is made with some underlying psychology going on
underneath it. But what has become important for me as an artist is to
understand behavioral motives and try to represent them in an artistic
manner. Art has become for me a kind of psychological language. I create
simply to express my vision or to understand that “language.”
Detroit Series: Abandoned and Vacant Detroit Series / Detroit Photo montage
about every weekend I photograph Detroit, anywhere anyplace until my
battery dies. The real Detroit, not the little section that has shiny
new facades and chic eateries, the "New Detroit". It's hard for me to
believe what I see, how much blight there is. Until you drive as far
east, west, north and south you wouldn't believe it yourself, it's a
burned out city that most turn a blind eye to. Or pretend doesn't even
exist, or worse just don't care.
Much of this burned out city is
the real playground for the children of Detroit. Many beautiful
churches, schools, homes are gone because there abandoned, or torched
for the hell of it. Collapsing in on themselves due to costly repairs.
Stripped and left bare to the elements.
I've been working
digitally for some time and enjoy photo montage work. I work in Adobe
Photoshop and Illustrator working layers to create these images.
houses I shoot are all abandoned in Detroit. I exaggerate the color so
at first glance you don't notice the house in it's state, then you zero
in and see the decay. That's what I want, I want people to see it.
heart, my art to those who live it everyday. I am only a witness, I
live in Detroit, but in a little utopia, an area that sixty years ago
was called the Black Bottom, the slums.