Art from a Humanist Perspective
Through my art, as well as my teaching, I explore the issues of identity and place: how we associate with the spaces we inhabit, both literally and figuratively. Featuring sites in my adopted city of Vallejo, CA, my paintings depict places that are at once fleeting and fixed.
Almost all of my subjects are industrial areas, rather than private residences. They seem to belong to no one, but they are not necessarily abandoned. I admire the resiliency of the architecture, beautifully proportioned, low and obstinately hugging the ground. Yet the buildings faces are impassive; despite welcoming overhangs and occasional doorways, the buildings here deny ready access. They are difficult to place, both in time and spatially.
Vallejo itself has been cast as a slipping city, with unrealized promisealways on the cusp of arriving, yet also at risk of being an irretrievably lost cause. While these sites might suggest unresolved social and economic issues for the city, they represent for me a psychological spacea space for personal reconnaissance.RepresentationAndrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco: http://www.asgallery.com/