Monday, April 10, 2006

I See Naked People!!!

Many of you have asked me, "What's the deal with the naked people?" Instead of replying to every single email I decided to post the artistic statement about the project. Special thanks to the Chicago Cultural center for giving me the grant to fund the whole thing!

The main purpose of the project is to make the viewer realize that people, real people, don’t look like Calvin Klein ads. Those so gloriously promoted through commercial fashion advertising and entertainment are not an accurate reflection of society. Unless genetics has dealt you an Adonis body or you have the luxury of spending countless hours in a gym, “perfection” is unattainable.

One should maintain a certain level of health through diet and exercise, but one should not suffer mental or physical anguish for the sake of perfect abs. The objects the models hold are for social and humorous reasons. Society, particularly American society, places a great deal of value on material objects. People are judged by how much they make, by the label sewn upon their clothes, or whatever they do or do not posses. 

The object the model holds is chosen by the person who modeled before them in the series. For example; my first model (Matt) would hold an object I choose, say a green bell pepper. The next person who models would hold an object the Matt owns. So, if Matt chooses a cowboy hat for Sharon to hold, that is her object. Sharon then chooses the next object for the model and the cycle continues.

I feel that by stripping away clothes, and covering, sometimes barely, someone’s crotch with an insignificant object shows our frequently forgotten bond of humanity. The objects are used because they don’t matter. You the viewer are the same as the model; both naked with lumps, wrinkles and scars.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Kiss My Ass Smithsonian!

You all know that I didn't get into the Smithsonian,which hurt, but I got over it. National exposure would have been nice,but something much better happened. I was able to make a connection that ever artist hopes to make with someone.
I came in contact with a person who when they saw the painting of my grandmother, simply put, cried.

"You have captured a generation that is slowly leaving us," is an exact quote from said person.
Before the painting they had no idea who I was, no idea what my work was about, no idea what I went through to make that painting. And yet I was able to take them to a place where they did not expect to go and expose them to emotions they had not yet fully dealt with. It has only happened twice in my life, but the fact that it happened at all was extraordinary.