We, in our smart phone, tableted worlds of screened realities, are endlessly OK, living in a pleasure loop, that increasingly replaces real animals with fake, and real fauna with pixels. Yes, it feels good, so we become increasingly numb to the destruction of ourselves and others.
The ever-increasing involvement of digital technology in our daily lives has become a defining characteristic putting us into what is increasingly called by artists and philosophers the Anthropocene epoch, or the “age of man”. Ironically the “age of man” is marked by digital technology gradually replacing human activities that were previously felt to be intrinsic to being human. The digital age posits the most basic questions, “What is it to be human? What is a real environment? What is it to be a species in an ever mechanized world of extinction?
My work is installation based, consisting of paintings, works on paper, video projections, screens, and sound uses the technology of my generation to explore the effects of digital technology on human consciousness.
Effluent of the Affluent
In 2016 alone, the United States generated over 3.4 million tons of electronic waste, a figure that stands to grow, driven by our cultural obsession with tech upgrades and of-the-moment gadgets. Where do our electronic relics end up once we finally decide it’s time to recycle them? And what does our relationship with these outdated technologies say about us as a culture?
These individual pieces are from an ongoing body of work titled Remnant. They represent our eroding landscape due to humans use of fossil fuels. This body of work commemorates the beauty of what we all stand to lose. It explores the moments of change, transformation, and instability of our planet, yet also its moments of equanimity. This work serves as a record of the sublime landscape in flux and our ever changing environment. Oil on paper and panel, burnt 2x4.
There is a Fault in the System
In Buddhism, chanting is the traditional means of preparing the mind for meditation. Gyme Monks, use deep voice chanting or “One Voice Chanting” of ancient mantras which is said to be encoded with healing properties and to be of great benefit to its listeners. As the voice chants and the gong tones the piece lulls the viewer into a calm state of mind which is then disrupted by glitches causing the serenity of the natural scene and the healing quality of the vibrations of chants to have no benefit and the listener is left with a glitched wasteland.