ARTIST STATEMENT

My subject is people, represented realistically in an abstract urban space, as seen from an imaginary aerial point of view. When I lived in New York City, I worked in office buildings, thinking about how to orient myself. From the aerial point of view, to me, the Manhattan landscape became literally a map of itself. The urban space flattened visually into a kind of "found" painting. Being a native Midwesterner, I translated my sense of the flatness of the Midwestern landscape into a solution of how to paint the verticality of the urban landscape.

I use photographs as a way to reconstruct images from the real world and transfer them to the painting. For me, photography functions as a catalyst, as in a chemical reaction; photographs are instrumental to making the painting, but they do not appear in the completed work.

To me, the urban pedestrian symbolizes a complex social milieu. I paint each figure as a detailed individual portrait, familiar yet anonymous. I construct the crowd from thousands of photographs, arranged randomly to suggest patterns, and in patterns that suggest randomness.  Imagery from the aerial point of view is instantly recognizable, even though we rarely directly experience it. The aerial view makes it possible to imply the entire infrastructure of the city: cars, building, streets, etc., without actually depicting any of those things.  The aerial view compresses the view. The spatial flattening of the images intensifies the surface of the painting, and enhances the colors in a unique way. The compressed space is a map, a kind of living map, which shows a way of seeing, and a way of being in the world.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012    Solo Show, Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe NM
2012    MARN Salon, Milwaukee WI
2011    Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2011, Juried, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha WI
2011    Suitcase IV, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee WI
2011    Group Show, Hennes Art Company, Minneapolis MN
2011    Inaugural Show, Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe NM
2011    Summer Show, M A Doran Gallery, Tulsa OK
2010    Art From the Heartland, Juried, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis IN
2010    Jim Zwadlo & Philip Krejcarek, Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee WI
2010    Annual Salon, Walkers Point Art Center, Milwaukee WI

2009    8 Counties, Kohler Art Center, Juried show, Sheboygan WI
2009    Forward!  Juried show, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee WI
2009    Group Show, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2009    Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2009, Juried, Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc WI


EDUCATION
1967 – 1970      University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1979 – 1980      SUNY-Potsdam, NY  BFA-Fine Arts 1980
1995 – 1996      Long Island University, NY  MLS 1996