Projects > Oak and Charcoal

My current work is the translation of drawings into objects. The drawings use archetypal motifs like high contrast stripes and dynamic shapes to explore visual manifestations of power. Such imagery is widely occurring both in ancient cultural patterns as well as modern graphic design, indicating a deep and iconic relationship to human aesthetic tendencies. Further, the range of materials in which these motifs exist (textile, carving, painting, etc.) directly impacts the feelings they evoke. I have personally favored charcoal for it's rich blackness and depth which for me communicate a primitive soulfulness.

The objects take the power and soul of the drawings but filter them through one of my earliest childhood impulses; a desire to collect, refine and reconfigure. - When I was a young boy I would scour the arroyos for scrap wood. I'd pull out old rusty nails and trim broken edges till I had suitable material for my various projects (from tree houses to home made hockey goals). Unlike the precision and sophistication of the drawings, the objects come from a place of rough, raw and immature construction. They are made by my 12-year-old self

green triangle
treated wood
44 x 39
2015
green triangle
treated wood
44 x 39
2015
green triangle
treated wood
44 x 39
2015
Third Phase (ex) double ex
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2013
Third Phase (ex) north
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2013
Second Phase (ex) 001
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2013
Second Phase (ex) 003
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2012
Oak 1
2015
Third Phase (ex) perimeter
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2013
Second Phase (woven) 001
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2012
Second Phase (triangle) 004
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2012
Oak 2
Oak
2015
Second Phase (triangle) 005
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2012
Second Phase (triangle) 003
charcoal on paper
44 x 30
2012