Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
-Italo Calvino, “Invisible Cities”
Walking through the lucid dreams of a sleeping giant, you encounter the tangents of his dreams, his memories, his desires and his regrets. Using this giant as metaphor for the everyman, this work delves into narratives that portray the urban underbelly, with its characters on the fringes of culture, in a city that shows no remorse.
The works in this exhibition are atmospheric portrayals that describe scenes where the characters and their environs are caught in the fabric of a flash fiction. Previous works of mine have included subject matter and techniques that are derivative of film noir, graffiti, pop art and comic books. Currently, I’m making intersections between these roots, and looking to older mythologies that range in origin from Nordic to Greek to Japanese to African for my inspirations. This new work examines concepts, oral traditions and literary narratives related to giants, gods, mystics and the psychopomp (one who mingles with the gods and the dead, and who is a guide to lost souls).
For this body of work I wanted to bring the element of scale from my ephemeral public installations, and the temporary nature of large paper pieces into the environment of the museum space. The large-scale works in this exhibition, similar to many of my earlier works, deal with ideas of sensational simplicity, or the use of techniques that use a minimal amount of materials (simply x-acto cut paper). These materials are accessible and familiar, but by combining these ordinary materials with innovative technique and a richly layered conceptual narrative, they transcend their everyday associations into something sensational.