visual artist

BFA Show: Less than Nothing

Less than Nothing was my BFA show, Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2018, CU Boulder. Below is my artist’s statement for the show and the image list; all the images can be found elsewhere on this site, this gallery contains images of the installation.

less than nothing
less than nothing
is a collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures created over a period of several years selected to document the development of my thinking regarding the nature of reality and human experience.

I was a math major before switching to painting, and ideas I ran into in math and physics have influenced my work as an artist. I believe there’s an inevitable suffering created by the state of human existence, because we have an egoic consciousness that creates a false sense of separation from a monist universe that is already conscious. The title Less than Nothing refers to the state of the ego as a tragic non-thing perpetually hallucinating its own existence.

The figures with bags on their heads are one way of approaching these ideas. The figures lose the individuality of their faces and their bodies begin to merge into larger conglomerate forms. With these I’m trying to explore the tension between individual and collective consciousness.

Still life has been an important idiom for me for years. I use objects as a microcosm for the whole universe: as the occult saying goes, “as above, so below.” I’m interested in how people and objects instantiate each other via their interactions. I’ve chosen examples from different periods of my experimentation with still life. I’ve become intrigued with the relationship between painting and drawing and how these modes of representation can be used to depict the experience of interacting with objects. For me painting is usually a slow and laborious process; when I draw I like to exploit the speed and irrevocability of materials like pastels and ink. My most recent still life paintings are experiments with combining these two approaches into a single image.

image list:

Bulleit Rye (Frontier Whiskey), July 2018

Oil on canvas


Untitled, July 2018

Acrylic on raw canvas


Studio Wall (after Diebenkorn), March 2018

Oil on canvas


Figure Drawing, August 2018

Pastel on newsprint, mounted on board


Coffee, July 2018

Oil on canvas


Untitled, August 2018

Oil on canvas


Fight Scene, May 2018

Oil on canvas


Drafting Table, March 2018

Oil on canvas


Cigarette Butt, August 2018

Oil on canvas


Studio Corner, August 2018

Oil on canvas


Still Life with Rubber Mask, July 2018

Oil on canvas


Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”, November 2018

Oil on canvas


Wizard Hat, 2017

Oil on canvas


Kandinsky’s “Composition 8”, November 2018

Oil on canvas


Noose, July 2018

Oil on canvas


Self Portrait with Bag, May 2018

Oil on canvas


Untitled drawings, 2017

Sharpie and fiber tip pen on newsprint, mounted on wood board


Untitled, 2014

Roofing tar covering oil on board


Sweat, Fall 2018

Sweat and oil from the artist’s hands on canvas


Ash, Fall 2018

Cigarette ash on canvas