Coming into the final stretch of preparations for Ballad of the Broken Body at Betti Ono Gallery. The show opens this Friday, July 3, during Oakland’s Art Murmur, with a reception from 6-9pm with refreshments and music provided by my good friend OBSTAC. The night before we’ll be hosting a press and collector’s preview immediately following Athen B Gallery’s first of a series of talks geared toward engaging artists and local businesses. Come have a cocktail this Thursday and get a special preview of the show before the First Friday crowds descend on us. This is a great chance to purchase work if you’re interested in taking something home – I’ll have a range of affordable work as well as some larger pieces for more sizable budgets. Hope to see you there!
Opening this month at Betti Ono Gallery in Downtown Oakland, Ballad of the Broken Body is a collection of figurative paintings that aim to unravel personal trauma, both physical and psychological. This will be my largest solo show to date in the Bay Area, and tackles a very personal subject – a severe bike accident I experienced in October of 2011. Check out more information about the show below. Hope to see you there!
In October 2011, three weeks after I moved to Oakland, a drunk driver struck me while I was I was riding my bike, then immediately drove away. To this day, I cannot recollect the crash, or the moments leading up to it, leaving the actual event in the void of my subconscious. I can only recall the shockingly bright light of the emergency room at Highland Hospital, as I awoke to multiple rib fractures, a broken hip, shattered shoulder, and a severe concussion.
Overwhelmed by the violence of my injuries, the impact on the physical structure of my body created psychological reverberations of corresponding violence. From my hospital bed, I observed the chaos accompanying the police crackdown and subsequent protests during the ongoing Occupy demonstrations at the time. So close, yet seemingly light years away, the political violence provided a surreal backdrop for my personal struggle — grappling with the sudden sense of helplessness that accompanies the loss of physical ability. Deeply afraid that my capacity to paint and draw had been jeopardized by my shoulder injury, I became entangled in negative, vindictive energy, drifting in and out of consciousness in an opiate haze. Forced to confront manifestations of this energy, I found myself with a choice – to continue to immerse myself in the darkest aspects of the experience, or to channel the emotional and physical pain into a transformative healing process.
This experience of deep bodily trauma and liminal psychological states serve as the impetus behind Ballad of the Broken Body. Building on my continued interest in visualizing memory as the underlying strata of our psyche, this collection of work draws directly from personal history and perspectives. Swirling clouds envelope battered figures, uprooted by affliction and injury. Much like the scars that mark my body, the lines and shapes that move across these figures trace a harrowing emotional landscape. Faced with the choice to hate, to heal, or to slowly waste away, these characters embody the crossroads we all face when confronting tragedy and misfortune.
I just added these little guys to my store, limited edition laser cut key chains produced by Illustrated Antics. Keychains are approximately 1.5″x2″, and do not include a carabiner. Free shipping and print/sticker pack with every order!
Images from the Night Songs Zine pop-up show at Good Mother Gallery earlier this month. Big thanks to everyone who came out, bigger thanks to everyone who bought something, and biggest thanks to the rad folks at Good Mother for letting me do this with such short notice. I have zines and original work now available in my store, click here to get yours.
I’m really excited to announce my next show, a solo exhibition at Betti Ono Gallery in Downtown Oakland coming in July. Stay tuned for more, and check out my Instagram for a sneak peek at my new work.
Overhead photo by Olivia Krause.
Comprised of 31 drawings produced in 2014, Night Songs collects an ongoing series exploring the visual language of iconography and archetypes. I’ll be releasing this collection as a limited edition, full color zine and will have 24 new drawings on display at Good Mother Gallery in Oakland on Friday, April 3. I’m currently taking pre-orders for Night Songs, $12 gets you a signed, numbered copy plus a sticker pack and mini print. Visit my new online store to reserve your copy >
After delaying the inevitable for too long, I’ve finally set up an online store. I’ll be adding new items regularly, for now check out the selection of original artwork, prints, and apparel, including limited stock of these 5 panel caps produced with Le Qui Vive Gallery.
This is Pepper, a shy but sweet little fox terrier currently up for adoption at Oakland Animal Services. Whoever adopts Pepper also gets to take home this drawing, as part of a Valentine’s Day campaign to get dogs into loving homes. Thanks to Arson Agency for getting me involved in this project, and be sure to check out Farley’s East in downtown Oakland this Thursday from 5-9pm to meet some of the adoptable dogs and check out the artwork in person.
Currently on display at Nielsen Arts in Albany, CA. 510 All Stars is a jam-packed group show full of awesome East Bay artist and runs until Feb. 18th.
I finally got around to editing these photos from Four Archetypes, last month’s solo show at the CCSF Art Gallery in San Francisco. Some of this work is still available, email me for inquiries.