My new work the “Offerings B” premiers at Hygienic Arts in my solo show “modal realism” 9/15/17-10/14/17
The collage of original photos are “developed” digitally, using a computer and a lot of finger digits. Here’s a detail:
“Modal realism is the view propounded by David Kellogg Lewis that all possible worlds are as real as the actual world. It is based on the following tenets: possible worlds exist; possible worlds are not different in kind from the actual world; possible worlds are irreducible entities; the term actual in actual world is indexical, i.e. any subject can declare their world to be the actual one, much as they label the place they are “here” and the time they are “now”…” – From wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modal_realism
In this exhibit, I explore this concept and the nature of reality in a new body of work. I also propose the term “Modal Realism” as an artistic form or “ism” such as surrealism or impressionism, where the significance of the process or mode in which a work is created is equal to its subject and outcome.
I use a wax block (wax-cut) instead of more traditional materials like wood or linoleum in a typical relief printing method – where the surface of the block is cut and that which remains is inked and printed. I usually create a small series of monoprints rather than an edition. This means that each of my prints are unique, although they come from the same block. I often use my ink rollers like brushes, applying many colors to the surface of the plate creating shades and textures that cannot be replicated.
I am fascinated by the reductive process because of how the original block is consumed as the final artwork starts to emerge. It is a trans-formative event that to me, is symbolic of the destruction that occurs to an idea or vision when it is manifest into this world. While I celebrated this metamorphosis, I was always mournful of the waste products, the oily rags, piles of wood or linoleum shavings, and spent blocks that arrived with the artwork. I think it was for this reason that I started working with wax. I’ve been collecting my wax from used candles for about 15 years, adding harder waxes and purifying it along the way. I pour my own blocks using a mold of wood boards, clay, and a tabletop. After printing a series, I can scrape down the block and use it again, up to 4 times before melting it down with the shavings to pour another.