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Antler Gallery / Portland / October 2018
I've been watching a lot of David Attenborough series lately. You know, Planet Earth, Life, and Blue Planet. The more I watch them, the more I feel an almost visceral connection to the animals I see on screen. And yet in my day-to-day life, most of my interactions with nature are things like shooing spiders out of my basement and swerving to avoid squirrels in the road. In other words, I have almost no real connection to nature, and especially to the wild animals I've been growing increasingly attached to on television. I fear that much of this world is going to disappear in my lifetime, and yet I'm just sitting on my couch eating chips.
Of course, I'm an artist, not an environmentalist. So while I don't know exactly what to do about this disconnect I'm feeling, I do know how to paint about it. And so I did. For my two person show with Josie Morway at Antler Gallery in Portland, OR. For those with a keen eye, Josie and I had previously done a mural together.
Antler Gallery often shows work whose subject matter is the animal kingdom. And so in the paintings I made for this show, my astronaut explores a world where animals have, unsurprisingly, outlasted us. But they wander a wilderness filled with our debris, each of them under mysterious shape, which might be magical or might be technological in nature. I was thinking, too, of Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" where real animals are rare but when encountered take on an almost miracle-like embodiment. But the reality is that animals far out number us. They'll still be here long after we're gone.