Plates

Plates are organized in reverse chronological order. For additional insight, please read the artist’s statement.

HUMANSCAPE 2  (in progress)

The ten panels comprising HUMANSCAPE 2 will feature giant faces of individuals I have met on the streets. Our engagements were brief, but all agreed to being recorded. In a museum or gallery setting, these audio files will be accessible via a QR code.
 
HUMANSCAPE 2 examines the tension between the city and the people who must endure its challenging environment, especially those individuals who are most underrepresented in society.
 
Each panel dimensions: 50 × 50 inches
Media: Oil and ink pens on white Stonehenge paper (250 gsm)
 
 
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The Process
 
Scholars encourage museum and gallery visits to see firsthand original artwork, the way it was intended to be experienced. Although the man’s face (below left) appears to be a continuous tone image, the closeup of his eye reveals a painting composed entirely of small black markings. When optically blended, the illusion of this painstakingly slow, additive process is realized.
 
31) HUMANSCAPE (process)
 
 
 
HUMANSCAPE 1
 
HUMANSCAPE 1 attempts to convey the visual experience of an individual suffering from clinical depression. The genesis for this project was gleaned years ago when the artist’s teenaged son once disclosed to him, “Dad, I really don’t see faces anymore.”
 
Dimensions: two 4.3×29′ horizontal scrolls
Media: oil and ink pens on white Rives de Lin paper (350 gsm)
 
HUMANSCAPE-B1
 
 
 
 

Threshold, 2020

The concept of impermanence is an essential doctrine of Buddhism. It teaches that all human existence is temporary. An enlightened moment occurred when the artist realized the transitional beauty of his father’s approaching death, an aspect of human existence that is as consequential and meaningful as birth itself. 

Dimensions: 36 × 72 inches (triptych)
Media: graphite on 4×6″ paper sample cards 
 

threshold

 

New York City, 2015-

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Dark Period, 2014-2015

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As the Worlds Turn, 2010 

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Influence of Korea, 2000-

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The Early Years, 1993-1999

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