Thinkspace Projects / Los Angeles / January 2018
George Orwell's 1984, which was originally published in 1949, made a surprise climb to the top of Amazon's best seller list shortly after the 2016 election. Is that a little bit unusual? Or maybe it's not that big of a surprise. We carry an electronic eye around in our pockets. Our politicians talk about fake news and alternative facts. We've never had access to more information and yet it's never seemed to matter less.
And so I've been thinking a lot about what 1984 means to me. As a child of the 1980's, I have a hazy, nostalgic, Ewok filled, Lisa Frank illustrated memory of the year 1984. Which, if I'm being honest, probably owes as much to Stranger Things as it does to my actual tangible memories. And so I wanted to do a series of paintings which take place in an alternate and dystopian 1984 Los Angeles. Bright colors, bits of music, and ads from the 80's mingle with dark streetscapes, barbed wire, and surveillance equipment. Who's in the Lamborghini? Is it Big Brother? The thought police? Or is it just Duran Duran?