Vanishing Point Series
Artist’s Statement : Vanishing Point
I have chosen abandoned or neglected urban architecture as the subject matter for my series, Vanishing Point. Buildings are the main way that we visually transform the world around us. They are an important part of our landscape, that tell a story about the people who built and used them. My goal is to create beautiful portraits of these structures hopefully uncovering the stories that these time capsules have locked inside of them.
I focus on using color to bring out the beauty that others don’t see in these left over relics of a time past. My completed paintings are medium-large, usually 30” x 40”, so that they are big enough for the viewer to enter the painting visually. I use high-quality acrylic paint on canvas.
The United States, where I live and paint, had a period of great proliferation of buildings in the middle of last century. Economically speaking, it was a golden time in America. Less than a hundred years later, we are now faced with a lagging economy, vast income inequality, and the buildings from the last century are symbolic of this, as they deteriorate slowly. Every generation has a story, and that story is reflected in the things we create, especially our buildings.
Although from different neighborhoods, these buildings are all located in my current home, the city of San Diego. Using subjects from diverse neighborhoods allowed me to explore various aspects of how the city is changing. Gentrification, demolition through neglect, and adaptive reuse are all themes explored through carefully chosen subject buildings.
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