DIVIDE: AN ASTRONAUT STORY Next show>
StolenSpace Gallery / London, UK / June 2019
In my last show at StolenSpace Gallery in London, I created a series of paintings where the astronaut in my work explored a lost or parallel London from the 90's. The show was about London's past, it's present, and about my two decade old love affair with British music and culture from that time. And then, right after that show wrapped, Brexit happened.
Of course, I'm an American and am pretty ill equipped to make intelligent statements on anything that has been going on in UK politics. And so, for my second show at StolenSpace Gallery, I didn't want to make a show that was literally about Brexit. But it all feels eerily similar to political and cultural movements that have recently been dividing people here in the US and in many other places around the world. And the more I thought about it, it was that divide, the one between regular people and those in power, the left and right, the old and young, the extremely wealthy and everybody else, the skewing of what's real and fake – it was those things which I couldn't stop thinking about. It feels like we're all teetering on the edge of a great divide, with everyone fearful of both the present and the future.
And so I created a series of paintings split in half with a hard line, where two separate worlds appear to be connecting or disconnecting, and I've used the landscape and architecture of modern London as a kind of language between those two worlds. The lone, singular astronaut who appears in each of my paintings explores this fractured place. Sometimes slipping between the two and sometimes stuck in one half, able to see both partitions but unable to make sense of the two halves together.