Portfolio > Looking at People Looking at Art

Homage to Warhol
Acrylic, Gouache and pastel on Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Picasso, Three Musicians, MoMA, acrylic, museum goers, pastel, collage
Acrylic, Gouache and Pastel with Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Collage, Acrylic, Mixed materials, figurative, Whitney Biennial
Acrylic, Gouache and Pastel with Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
figure, museum, collage, acrylic, gouache, mixed materials,
Acrylic, Gouache, pastel and Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Manet Gallery, MET Museum
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Matisse, Paino Player, MoMA, Museum Goer, Acrylic, Pastel, Collage
Acrylic, Gouache and Pastel with Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Man Bun. Grace Hartigan, Simone Biles
Acrylic, gouache and Pastel on Collage on Canvas
36" x 36'
2018
Part of the "People Looking at Art" series, acrylic, acryl gouache, mixed materials with pastel on canvas, MoMA, 20th century Art, museum guard
Acrylic, Gouache and Pastel with Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Sojourner Truth, Jackie O, mandalas, Whitney Biennial
Acrylic, Gouache and Patel on Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Nat Turner, Museum Goers, Goodbye Prince Phillip
Acrylic, Gouache, Pastel and Collage on Canvas
36" x 36"
2017
Museum goer, fancy outfit, red dress, Whitney
Acrylic, Gouache and Pastel on paper
36" x 24"
2017
Eva Hesse
Acrylic, gouache and pastel on paper
36” x @27”
2017

When I walked into my studio In the summer of 2017, I was obsessed with images of people looking at art. I'd start by making drawing from cellphone photos I'd taken of people in museums in New York. A few things about this particular subject really stayed with me: bodies interacting with other bodies in these large box-like spaces; the relationship of the figures to the often iconic artwork the were viewing (an interesting problem to find a painterly language for communicating that artwork); and the ubiquitous presence of the cellphone as a mediator in people's viewing. Cellphones have disrupted the conventional function of the viewer's gaze; looking is not complete unless it is documented with a photograph, experiences do not matter unless they are recorded with a selfie. The images for my paintings were all generated by my cellphone photo diary habit.

The paintings are all made with acrylic, acrylic gouache and pastel, with a pentimento of collage material underneath. The collage adds a layer of cultural noise, disrupting the illusionism with reference to a world beyond the space depicted.