In the 21st century, we have no unifying genre that is followed by artists. We have no manifestos to define the "truest" and revolutionary art form. We have a rich history of art where an artist can draw influence from a number of expressions and create something brand new. We live in an age of artistic fragmentation where genres are forced to coexist and create forms all their own.
In many ways the internet and technology have taken the place of manifestos, art museums, and the art elite that decide what constitutes art. Internet technology has also given access to virtually anyone who desires to learn art history or art techniques, whether they are new or old. Technology has revolutionized the creation and also the means of distribution of art. It is no longer necessary for an artist to be discovered by a famous gallery or institution. The internet has given artists both access and ability. An artist can create a piece in New York and the piece can be seen in Moscow in a matter of minutes, all in thanks to the internet. I do not view this change in how the viewer receives art as a negative change. The power has shifted from a few to many.
I use this advance in technology as a springboard for my work. While a lot of my work begins and is composed on the computer, I like to give the audience something tangible. A printed photograph is more meaningful to me than an on-screen projection. An object that can be touched and experienced physically is important to me. Some mediums cannot be experienced other than a projection or on screen, such as film or other multi-media. For these forms there is no other way to experience the work and the projection and screen are just as essential as a canvas and oils. For most of my work, the computer is more of a mode of creation than of display.
My work is a juxtaposition of old and new forms. I am influenced by a number of people and ideas within and without the art and design world. I love the simplicity and beauty of International Style design. I am inspired by the structure of Universal Sans Serif typography, such as Helvetica and Univers. The works of Gustav Klimt have also had a deep influence on my work. A lot of my work is influenced by literary figures throughout history, but the most important to me is the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. I love his spontaneous creativity. His ideas have had a profound influence on how I live my life and also how approach my work. I have adopted the do-it-your-self attitude of Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, in that I believe if you want to do something, you can do it.
My work is often a reflection of this smorgasbord of style. I love to juxtapose a modern type with a Victorian frame, or wax seal an artist book that has been printed on a 1200 dpi laser jet printer. My artistic mediums are vast, from screen printing on shirts to creating posters in Adobe Illustrator, darkroom photography to artist books. My work is a reflection of the past in a modern context. I am interested in the work of the human hand, and where that hand and technology interact.