Thursday, June 3, 2010

First Comes Love.....




"Made in America" is a group show that I am part of opening this Friday at Trust Gallery in Philadelphia. My piece for the show is a bit of a new direction for me, using a concept that relies more on the display/installation rather than the actual paintings. My take on the theme, Made in America, focuses on where I am in my life right now and what is going on in the lives around me. I personally feel that even though we live in a country where you are free to live your life however you please, there are still some "standard" things that people (not everybody) believe should happen or expect to happen. When you date somebody long enough you get married, when you get married you buy a house, and when you buy a house it has a nursery. This piece is not me saying this is what should or shouldn't happen, but more about me realizing that even though it is 2010, some ideas are hard to escape. (Maybe this is because of childhood songs.......or facebook.)

My piece uses 3 smaller paintings (marriage, house, baby) contained within a white drawer. The concept being that these events do exist, however, the order can be switched, one can be taken out of the box, all of them can be taken out of the box, and although the idea of them will never disappear from society, you have the option to make your own choices and path in life.



"First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes the Baby in the Baby Carriage"
14 x 18
oil paint, wood, ribbon




Bride
5x5
oil on wood



House
5x5
oil on wood



Bottle
5x5
oil on wood

And on another note, here are a few shots of Monika and I from that Art Star Craft Bazaar, thanks to all the visitors!