"The Grape Pacific Garbage Patch" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012

About This Series

Creating visual closure from abstraction is a natural human tendency. Even as young children, we want to make sense from the most inanimate objects by assigning visual facsimiles to the world we know, much like forming a gestalt in the ever-changing clouds.

In my Cloud Watching series, I artificially replicate this moment by designing a random graphic template to build upon. During the process of creation, objects appear and are subject to the conditions of the moment — it’s a way to tap into the subconscious in a controlled, yet random manner. The final composition is a juxtaposition of objects that share a unique coexistence with each other. Their bond is the mass that they consume and their conformity to laws of the world I have forged for them.

Since paintings from Cloud Watching are completely free of a personal narrative, the viewer can take ownership of the story through their own experiences with the combination of objects, completing the cycle of visual closure.

Watch a video of the process

"Acid, Dropped" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Tape Recorder" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Home Automation" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Peaking MDMA" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Blown" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Unknown Pleasures" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Hubble Tape" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Cog in the Saline" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Racy Sprokets" Oil on wood, 18" x 18", 2012
"Squee Flicker" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2012
"Heap Bleep" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Mac & Frieze" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Fruitelope" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Green Eggs" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Apple Squid" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Blood Goo" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Mustard Ribs" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011
"Milk Tits" Oil on wood, 48" x 48", 2011