More Digital Collages on Display at Wallingford Art Walk!

I’m going to be showing my digital collages at Diva Espresso during the September Wallingford Art Walk, in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

Where: Diva Espresso, 4615 Stone Way N, Seattle
When: Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
The cafe is also open every day from 6:00 – 6:00, and my work will be up for the month of September.

I’m excited to continue this introduction of my work to Seattle, with three shows in three months!

And although I’m usually a painter, this work is close to my heart right now. Inspired by moving across the country and creating a new life in a new location, I’m very interested in editing photos I’ve taken. Cutting and pasting familiar items (figures, cars, fish) and placing them together in fantastical compositions, essentially creating a whole new world, comes closest to approximating the geographic and emotional displacement that I’m experiencing now.

Don’t misunderstand: I’m thrilled overall to have made this move. But finding my way, literally, in this new place, and figuring out how to get where I want to go, and learning how to function in my new surroundings are a learning process.

Considering my place in the world has become increasingly important in recent months because, for my wife and me, changing our location has a real effect on our marital status. Crossing state lines can, in an instant, erase my marriage. Yet, that jarring thought is balanced by increasing acceptance in other locations.

These feelings of geographic and emotional displacement are a current underpinning of my work, and fittingly, many works convey a tension based on waiting and watching. Yet, I’m happy in my move and newlywed status, so I’m also relishing the simultaneous joy of pioneering through unfamiliar territory. This joy has been a freeing influence on my work, allowing the imaginary world to become increasingly fantastical, and displaying a whimsical humor.

Music and the Muse

Music and the Muse is currently on display at Avanti Art & Design in Seattle. This show, about artwork inspired by music, gives me an opportunity to show some new digital collages. The collages on display are comprised almost entirely of travel photographs I’ve taken, especially on road trips. And music is an essential part of any road trip!

I collage elements of different photos together in one image, creating a new world from bits of other ones. What was once real-life buttressing on the roof of a pagoda becomes, when cut and rotated, a series of steps for a figure to walk on. Decorative elements from that same roof become not only fantastical leaves in a treetop, but waves in a flood.

I think my recent move from New York to Seattle is playing a part in my desire to create these familiar-yet-outlandish worlds. The elements are recognizable–cars, figures, mailboxes–but they exist in strange relation to each other. They’re a little bit “off”. This is the way I feel in my new environment; I don’t quite know where to go or how to get there and am still feeling my way around this strange new world.

Adding to my current sense of geographic displacement is an emotional one, where my marriage to my wife can be erased in an instant by crossing state lines. As we drove west across the country during our move, we became single again many times in the eyes of the law. This jarring reality is balanced by increasing acceptance from many quarters, and the works fittingly vary between tension and whimsy.

I’m very happy to have a prominent wall facing out of the gallery’s front window, and to have made a sale at the opening reception. Seattle continues to be good to me, and I’m thrilled to keep meeting interested artists and art lovers here.

The exhibition will be on display until September 3–come on by!