These paintings were made over the past year and are some of the most redundant and heavily abstracted paintings I’ve made. It wasn’t necessarily intentional in the beginning, but I think it relates to the way I (and I think many people) have experienced time; an experience where each day or week or month might differ drastically, but in some blurry way became increasingly difficult to tell one apart from another. So, with the paintings I began to work with the idea of seeing how many different ways I could do the same thing.
“The meeting” is a reference to a particular section of a cycle of frescoes painted by Mantegna in the 15th century. The legibility of this and other references becomes lost over the course of numerous copies of previous copies like a visual game of telephone. What replaces the original importance of the source is the meeting between the different copies. A kind of shape and line shorthand develops, and these abbreviations are combined to form entirely new images. The cross-referencing, repetition and sampling that happens between the paintings forms a room full of abstract gossip. A cacophony of paintings quoting other