galleries > Fabula

Fabula (panel 1, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (panel 2, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 36"
2006
Fabula (panel 3, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (panel 4, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (panel 5, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (panel 5, of 8) (detail)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (North Ave.) Panel 5 DETAIL
Flashe, acrylic, and tempera on canvas
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (panel 6, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (panel 8, of 8)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
24" x 48"
2006
Fabula (North Ave.) Panel 8 DETAIL
Flashe, acrylic, and tempera on canvas
24" x 48"
2006
North Ave Tree Study 1
Acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
12"x 24"
2006
North Ave Tree Study 1 (detail)
Acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
12" x 24"
2006
North Avenue Tree Study 3
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 36"
2006
North Ave Tree Study 3 (detail)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 36"
2013
North Avenue Tree Study 4
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 36"
2006
North Ave Tree Study 4 (detail)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 36"
2006
Fabula (Shrubs) #1
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
10" x 17 3/4"
2006
Fabula (Shrubs) #2
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
10" x 17 3/4"
2006
Fabula (Window)
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
24" x 24"
2006
Fabula (Humboldt Park) (diptych)
Acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
36" x 96" (overall)
2007
Fabula (Humboldt Park) (panel 1, of 2)
Acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
36" x 48" (this panel)
2007
Fabula (Humboldt Park) (panel 2, of 2)
Acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
36" x 48" (this panel)
2007
Fabula (North Ave from LSD)
Acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over canvas
36" x 76"
2007
Untitled
Flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over black linen
24" x 30"
2006

In addition to color, perspective, pattern, and legibility, I control materiality and surface textures for the interplay of opacity, translucency, transparency, flatness, and iridescence. My drawings and paintings are hard to qualify as one or the other; for practical purposes, I call the works on sheets of paper, polypropylene, Mylar, or Duralar “drawings”, while referring to works on stretched canvas or reinforced panel as “paintings”. But all the works bear the perceptual and processual characteristics of both drawing and painting, and moreover, they all evince my affinity for the materiality and meaning of printed artforms. For example, I invoke the texture and delicacy of traditional Japanese woodcut by layering drafting vellum over sanded, gessoed canvas in the Fabula and Clearing paintings. In this way, the painted surface is finer and smoother than stretched canvas. Upon this layered substrate, I use water-based pigments - flashe, permanent drawing ink, and acrylic gouache – to mimic the effect of rice-based watercolor on rice paper. Whereas Japanese woodcuts typically depict the imagined “floating world” of Ukiyo-e, in Fabula I transmute the redundant ordinariness of commuting in the congested surface streets of Chicago into an otherworldly, wished-for, false-yet-real landscape.