"They can't blow us off course; we've got compasses. And they're neon." - The Mighty Boosh, Future Sailor
Future Sailor: We are all fools on a journey
My recent solo exhibition with LeBasse Projects Los Angeles, "Future Sailor", started as an exploration of myself; my mind traveled through curiousness about my purest state of biology to a very complicated state of consciousness and psychology. My work and the exhibition ended up being a statement on a universal connection, between ourselves and everything around us.
I wanted to employ cyclical imagery and blend psychological and biological themes to bring attention to a universal order and its unbreakable pattern. To me, this order and connection is present in the basic pattern of life and death and also more subjective ideas of emotion, relationships, language and experience.
I love to combine materials that tell a chronological story. I work with copper, silver and steel, neon and the noble gases, organic mediums like handmade paper and deerhides. Each of these materials has a past and a life. Most of these materials are elements of the periodic table including paper which is comprised of carbon. All of the inks I use are carbon based as well. I stuck closely to this model for the exhibition and heavily researched the chemistry and its universal origins and cultural histories of human generations.
Elements such as helium, carbon, neon and iron are the few created during the life of a star and precious metals like silver, gold and copper are the most rare – forged only during a star's explosive death.
Each of the billions of stars in the universe follows the same pattern, from their birth to their death. Without this pattern, life would not exist. If our universe did not birth stars, there would be no light and no life. Consequently, our conscious and subconscious lives and emotions are a slave to an unseen and unbreakable pattern – a beginning and an ending.
Ag ∞ Silver
Al ∞ Aluminum
Ar ∞ Argon
Au † Gold
C ∞ Carbon
Cu ∞ Copper
Fe ∞ Iron
He ∞ Helium
Hg ∞ Mercury
Ne ∞ Neon
Pb ∞ Lead
W ∞ Tungsten