Artwork > Marks of the Trade

In this confusing and potentially dangerous time of “fake news” and misinformation, questioning what is “real” has never been so prevalent and perhaps needed as it is today. With an endless stream of political banter, pandemic updates, and other nonessential information, people opt for whatever media outlet(s) align with their preexisting bias. This process of alignment further generates misinformation, which leads to greater confusion. Working as a Union Ironworker, during such a time of uncertainty, has provided me the opportunity to understand and identify with workers who fear uncertainties, misinformation, and societal revisions. As an artist, it is my societal duty to provide questions through my artwork, to a relatively wide audience, rather than answers.

Illusionistic artwork, such as trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) paintings, function as a bridge to this question of “what is real” for many viewers. Viewers generally experience that “wow, this is a painting?” moment for just a few seconds until the illusion dispels, which is common when viewing conventional trompe l’oeil paintings. Imagine, however, that the viewer, upon close inspection of the artwork, never has that dispelling moment. Even though they may be viewing traditionally rendered illusionistic representational paintings, they are left with questions of authorship and production, similar to that of found objects or readymades. Imagine that William Harnett (Irish-American painter, b.1848) made a painting "realistic" enough to where viewers thought it was an actual collection of objects and not a painting. This productive confusion, along with the absurdity of spending countless hours on painting paintings that are mistaken for objects, mimics my relationship with art and union labor. Union labor, such as digging a ditch, is directly related to value; the number of hours worked equals an exact amount of capitol, even if that value isn’t visually recognizable from the finished product. In opposition to union labor, value is subjectively placed upon artwork, sometimes regardless of how many hours it took to create. My artistic goal is to create artwork that generates contemporary discourse around value and perceived value and its inherit relationship to traditional modes of art-making.

Falling
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
48 x 48 inches
2020
Falling
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
48 x 48 inches
2020
Falling
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
48 x 48 inches
2020
Falling (detail)
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
48 x 48 inches
2020
Falling (detail)
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
48 x 48 inches
2020
Unbolted
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Unbolted
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Unbolted
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Unbolted 2
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Unbolted 2
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Unbolted 2
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Untitled (before)
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Untitled (before)
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Untitled (before)
Oil and graphite on mounted linen
2020
Untitled (after)
Oil on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Untitled (after)
Oil on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Untitled (after)
Oil on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
Untitled (after)
Oil on mounted linen
16 x 16 inches
2020
The Mucker
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material), action figure
48 x 48 inches
2019
The Mucker (detail)
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material), action figure
48 x 48 inches
2019
The Mucker (detail)
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material), action figure
48 x 48 inches
2019
The Mucker (detail)
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material), action figure
48 x 48 inches
2019
Ply
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
16 x 16 inches
2020
Ply
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
16 x 16 inches
2020
Ply
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
16 x 16 inches
2020
Ply 2
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
16 x 16 inches
2020
Ply 2
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
16 x 16 inches
2020
Ply 2
Oil on ACM (aluminum composite material)
16 x 16 inches
2020
Prints
Gold and silver on paper
16 x 16 inches
2020
Prints
Gold and silver on paper
16 x 16 inches
2020
Prints (detail)
Gold and silver on paper
16 x 16 inches
2020
Plywood (oil)
Oil on CCM (copper composite material)
12 x 12 inches
2020
Plywood (oil)
Oil on CCM (copper composite material)
12 x 12 inches
2020
"Union Apophenia"
oil on aluminum composite material, walnut frame
12 x 12 inches, 14 x 14 including frame
2018
"Union Apophenia 2"
oil on aluminum composite material, walnut frame
12 x 12 inches, 14 x 14 including frame
2018
"Union Apophenia 3"
oil on aluminum composite material, walnut frame
12 x 12 inches, 14 x 14 including frame
2018
"Union Apophenia 3" in progress
oil on aluminum composite material, walnut frame
12 x 12 inches, 14 x 14 including frame
2018
"Scrap Plates"
oil on canvas
10 x 10inches (each)
2018
"Scrap Plate 2"
oil on canvas
10 x 10 inches
2018
"Scrap Plate 2"
oil on canvas
10 x 10 inches
2018
The Bulkhead
oil on aluminum
40 x 32
2015
The Bulkhead (detail)
Oil on Aluminum
40 x 32
2015
The Bulkhead
oil on aluminum
40 x 32
2015
Marks of the Trade
oil on aluminum
48 x 48
2016
Marks of the Trade
oil on aluminum
48 x 48
2016
Marked Out
oil on aluminum
48 x 48
2016
Marked Out (detail)
oil on aluminum
48 x 48
2016
"87th Street Underpass"
oil on aluminum composite material
96 x 48 inches
2017
"87th Street Underpass" detail
oil on aluminum composite material
96 x 48 inches
2017
"87th Street Underpass" detail
oil on aluminum composite material
96 x 48 inches
2017
"87th Street Underpass" detail
oil on aluminum composite material
96 x 48 inches
2017
Inside-Face (plan view)
oil on aluminum
42 x 32
2015
Inside-Face (plan view)
oil on aluminum
42 x 32
2015
Inside-Face (wall drawing)
oil on aluminum
30 x 30
2015
Inside-Face (wall drawing)
oil on aluminum
30 x 30
2015
oil on aluminum
15 x 15
2015
oil on aluminum
15 x 15
2015
Grye
Oil on Aluminum
8 x 8
2015
Wood Glue Apophanie
oil on aluminum
30 x 20
2014
Steel Pareidolia
oil on panel
36 x 24
2014
Window Pane 1-4 installation
oil on aluminum
2014
Window Pane 1
Oil on Aluminum
12 x 9
2014
Window Pane 3
oil on aluminum
12 x 9
2014
Praying for Rain
Oil on aluminum
20 x 16
2013
Praying for Rain side view
Oil on Aluminum
20 x 16
2013
Aleamorphic Block
Oil on Stainless Steel
10 x 8
2013
Oil on Stainless Steel
10 x 8
2013