The Use of Found Objects

King of what? (2014)

Jazz Man (2015)

Using found objects

As early as the Swagghammer piece I was using found objects. Over time to began to push what was used, how it could be used, and why I was using them. I have learned to use these objects, and adhesive, in a variety of way. I continually collect items, both personal, and mundane; this is the unseen part of the process. Sometimes I use them to build up a surface, and then I paint on them, sometimes I leave parts more exposed. Sometimes I transform the object, sometimes implement it as it is. Sometimes the object acts as the canvas, sometimes it is the medium. Hot glue, gesso, matte medium, and modgepog, became more used than paint during this time. This is my conclusion about painting, and shit in general, the weight of the purpose of something is found somewhere between the act itself (what it does) and the value assigned to that act (what is it worth). I use found objects primarily to explore the idea of purpose. I use found objects to communicate personal and culture significance, but also for an object's physical (and at times, chemical) properties; I love collecting and using photographs in my combines for all of these reasons. I enjoy engaging the three dimensional space in a painting and once again exploring the idea of shifting perspectives (see abstract landscapes). Inspired by Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Keinholz, and many more, I researched their work and semiotic analysis extensively during this period. My work with abstract landscapes and found objects is what led to my more recent research in text and lyricism.

Self Portrait (2014)

The Unconscious Monster (2015)

Eating the game (2014)

Ain't no Love in the lung of the city (2015)

What's so great about today's black family (2014)

All I needed (2015)

I am not my brother (2014)