The Misadventures of a Superman
Acrylic, Gouache and Chalk on illustration board
20 x 16 inches
Acrylic, Sand and Chalk on wood board
14 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches
2010 (in progress)Axel
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches
Completed 2008
The Superman Series is largely rooted in Nietzsche's Ubermensch writings, focused on man's self-empowerment abstracted from God's preordainment of purpose.  The concept includes the perception of fulfilling oneself while still hoping to attain greatness and success through a marginalizing structure.  Also exploring the inherent frailty of man and the need for a validating system, the 'Superman' plays upon fantasy and reality, and ultimate transcendence from the system.

Physics and Space combines the abstract ideas of quantum mechanics and models of cosmology to explore the infinite big and infinite small  Attempting to understand man's place within the infinite, this series focuses on the 'cubed' of human experience; where the base is planar levels of existence and the figural is solely a middle level of associated particles within the quantum foam of supernovas long past. Also incorporated is the relativity to Eastern philosophies of the universe, worlds upon worlds, multi-verses, vast timeframes and ephemeral concepts of how the universe exists. The Physics and Space series is ultimately the search for some base truth bound by the limits of human consciousness..

The Ghost in the Machine develops the sense of separation between the physical and virtual, referencing the philosopher Rene Descartes and stylizing a satirical represention of cognisance within humanity.  It is an exploration of duality and the synthesis of tools and a sense of spirituality, where tools are technology and spirituality refers to cogniscent living beings.

Animal Kingdom dedicates itself to the symbolism of animals spanning stages of human-community development, from Mayan civilizations to representational commonalities between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Animals can be seen as a representation of human traits, inspired by people's personalities and human aspirations.  The series allows for the exploration of movement, biology, form and function and provides iconic representations of certain constants extending through time.  As humans are likewise animals, some of the emotional states acquire a mythological status through life experiences in the continuance of a reality that, on the infinite scale, does not change.

Life Stages is by essence figurative and looks at all stages of the human experience.  It is through inquiry into experience and depicting the course of life that educates us as to why things are relevant, providing an ultimate sense that tracking life is memorable for all of its universal components.
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