new exhibition at Joe Squared

Aquasphere:Evolution at Joe Squared, North Avenue, Baltimore
Aquasphere:Evolution at Joe Squared, North Avenue, Baltimore

Today I installed this new exhibition at Joe Squared restaurant and bar (North Avenue, Baltimore, where I have been going since they opened ten years ago across the street from my old studio building, this show has been a long time in development and I am super excited about it.

Twenty-two paintings from three different series of these aquatic art works spanning the past year and a half, a lot of brand-new work exhibited here for the first time, and all for sale at prices from $100 to $300  …  see more posts below for details

More pix coming soon, please stop by and check it out, reception date to be announced …

 

Democracy Now

Democracy Now [2014] – 20 x 30″ – spraypaint on wood panel
Democracy Now [2014] – 20 x 30″ – spraypaint on wood panel
This intricate machinery underlying civilization demonstrates interconnectedness, granularity and the inherent conflict resulting from a wrench in the works, another street art-inspired howl from the denizens of the deep, even as they/we harness the frustration of containment and continue in pursuit of learning.

Salsa Night

Salsa Night [2014] – 18 x 24″ – spray paint on wood panel
Salsa Night [2014] – 18 x 24″ – spray paint on wood panel
I look for patterns of movement within the painted surface, to bring out the silhouettes of fish I can see there as if they were already swimming in that space, and use color to enhance those patterns and establish a sense of natural movement, in this process of composition is the wabi-sabi of technical inclinations and gestural intuition, and it makes me want to swim with the fish.

Project Runway

Project Runway [2014] – 24 x 36″ – spraypaint on wood panel
Project Runway [2014] – 24 x 36″ – spraypaint on wood panel
Playing with scale, saturated colors and some street-art inspired techniques, I created this vision of the aquasphere where the fish camouflage themselves to blend in with the accumulation of industrial machinery discarded to meld with the coral reef, it is surrealistic yet plausible in today’s world.

Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle [2014] – 24 x 36″ – spray paint on wood panel
Bermuda Triangle [2014] – 24 x 36″ – spray paint on wood panel
Here is a large intense piece completed in late 2014, recently included in my solo exhibition Aquasphere: Immersion at the Waldorf School of Baltimore.

A dark environment, visually and metaphorically, these creatures are lost and encapsulated in the turmoil resulting from centuries of assault by human industry, yet there is still a beautiful optimism and clarity in the undersea world.

I can almost feel the indifference of nature, the fish will adapt to any environmental invasion no matter how bizarre, they will evolve, mutate and thrive without passing value judgements, but we know there are alternatives, conservation efforts no matter how inadequate will continue to grow in order to try and mitigate the damage.

Meanwhile the fish keep swimming through their altered state, bright colors and high contrast provide connotations of radioactivity and electromagnetic fields, an underwater urban environment neutralized by rising sea levels, giant fish thriving in the post-apocalyptic Atlantis that represents one possible future.