Beyond The Flowers

Beyond The Flowers

The Last Man At Lake Erie

The Last Man At Lake Erie

Kinzua Sky Bridge

Kinzua Sky Bridge

Frick Park

Frick Park

B&W Drum Heads

This moment is fleeting. But with a 35mm photograph, it can be frozen in time with a single push of a button.

Without the color spectrum to distract you —using only the absence and concentration of color— i’m attempting to bring the viewer into a moment that is simplified, yet extraordinarily complex and immersive at the same time.

Each piece in this series is created using two used and/or discarded drum heads stacked and adhered together: the bottom one coated in white gesso while the top is clear with the black acrylic painting. This method produces depth and dimension, different views, and multiple angles that create an immersive experience.

For me, the circle format portrays the landscape in a way that is more like the experience of actual vision, rather than an image trapped within corners. The viewer’s eyes follow along the edges, never stopping, always flowing back and forth, allowing them to move freely through the piece.

Materials:

Used & Discarded:  Drum Heads

Virgin:  Black Acrylic Paint, White Gesso, Construction Adhesive, Signed with a sharpie on the back

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