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 and 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