Apotheosis

Take into consideration every element that you have never learned, Every breathe you have ever taken, every experience you have ever engaged in. Take the histories of such that has not only formed your own identity but all that exists around you. How is one, how is existence shaped by such. What are the details of such. The impact. The conflicts and resolutions. The interpretations. The elements that cause one to rise to a greater sense of self. This is Apotheosis.

The work is composed using the Japanese technique Shou Sugi Ban which employs fire in order to preserve wood. This technique is used as a medium to convey transition. Fire, as a element historically conveys passion, desire, lust, construction, destruction, love. In these works the altering of wood represents a transition caught in the middle of duality. Liken it to the stories of Icarus as well as the rising of the Phoenix. One element, two vastly different outcomes. In combination with this element are materials, etchings, colors and even dimensions that all convey various historical, symbolic, numerological, cultural and psychological significances. The combination of these creates a language to those that know how to speak such.

 

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 Combatants - acrylic, resin on burned distressed wood. 48"x72" (photo credit nathaniel smith)

Combatants - acrylic, resin on burned distressed wood. 48"x72" (photo credit nathaniel smith)

 Man - King - God - Non Believer - acrylic, metal, etching on burned distressed wood. 48"x48"  (photo credit nathaniel smith)

Man - King - God - Non Believer - acrylic, metal, etching on burned distressed wood. 48"x48"

(photo credit nathaniel smith)

 Manipulation of Self or Other - acrylic, on burned distressed wood.

Manipulation of Self or Other - acrylic, on burned distressed wood.

 Apparently Obvious 2 - acrylic, etching on burned distressed wood.

Apparently Obvious 2 - acrylic, etching on burned distressed wood.

 Coop 2017 (studio view) acrylic, metal gold leaf, wire on burned distressed wood

Coop 2017 (studio view) acrylic, metal gold leaf, wire on burned distressed wood

 G.O.A.T - acrylic, graphite, cardboard, metal, oil on burned distressed wood. 40"x40"

G.O.A.T - acrylic, graphite, cardboard, metal, oil on burned distressed wood. 40"x40"

 New Rules - acrylic, enamel, paper on burned distressed wood. 36"x48"

New Rules - acrylic, enamel, paper on burned distressed wood. 36"x48"

 Preservation of the Preserved - acrylic, resin on burned distressed wood. 

Preservation of the Preserved - acrylic, resin on burned distressed wood. 

 Worthy Accreditation - tile, acrylic metal on distressed wood.   

Worthy Accreditation - tile, acrylic metal on distressed wood.

 

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 as of yet untitled 2017 (studio view) burned distressed wood

as of yet untitled 2017 (studio view) burned distressed wood

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 Aware of My Own Demise - acrylic, distressed adhesive, cardboard on burned distressed masonite. 30"x30"

Aware of My Own Demise - acrylic, distressed adhesive, cardboard on burned distressed masonite. 30"x30"

 Pillar no.8 - acrylic, metal on burned distressed wood.

Pillar no.8 - acrylic, metal on burned distressed wood.

 Pillar no.6

Pillar no.6

 In Search of Sanity and All Things Related - acrylic, enamel, cardboard on burned distressed wood.

In Search of Sanity and All Things Related - acrylic, enamel, cardboard on burned distressed wood.

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 Oracle - burned distressed wood. 36"x48"  (photo credit nathaniel smith)

Oracle - burned distressed wood. 36"x48"

(photo credit nathaniel smith)

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 Reconstruction Era Self - acrylic, enamel, metal, rope on burned distressed wood.   (photo credit nathaniel smith)

Reconstruction Era Self - acrylic, enamel, metal, rope on burned distressed wood. 

(photo credit nathaniel smith)

 Ab Uno Unum Fit - acrylic, gold leaf on burned distressed wood.  (photo credit nathaniel smith)

Ab Uno Unum Fit - acrylic, gold leaf on burned distressed wood.

(photo credit nathaniel smith)

 The Glorious Realization of Uncomfortable Power - acrylic, etching on burned distressed wood.  (photo credit nathaniel smith)

The Glorious Realization of Uncomfortable Power - acrylic, etching on burned distressed wood.

(photo credit nathaniel smith)

 Rain of the Reign - acrylic, ash on burned distressed wood. 48"x48"

Rain of the Reign - acrylic, ash on burned distressed wood. 48"x48"

 Theory - acrylic on burned distressed wood.

Theory - acrylic on burned distressed wood.

 Pillar no. 7 - acrylic on burned distressed wood.

Pillar no. 7 - acrylic on burned distressed wood.

 Rise on a Broken Wing - acrylic on burned distressed wood.

Rise on a Broken Wing - acrylic on burned distressed wood.

 as of yet untitled 2017 (studio view) acrylic on burned distressed wood

as of yet untitled 2017 (studio view) acrylic on burned distressed wood

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Impressions

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Strings attached

 Strings Attached no.1 - acrylic, netting, distressed canvas mounted on canvas. 67"x76"

Strings Attached no.1 - acrylic, netting, distressed canvas mounted on canvas. 67"x76"

 Strings Attached no.3 - acrylic, enamel, cardboard, salt, graphite on canvas. 60"x72"

Strings Attached no.3 - acrylic, enamel, cardboard, salt, graphite on canvas. 60"x72"

I Did This For You

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Sculpture / Installation

 Pillars 1-5 2015

Pillars 1-5 2015

 Pillar no. 8 2015

Pillar no. 8 2015

 Deconstruction of Thought and Learned Behavior. dimension variable

Deconstruction of Thought and Learned Behavior. dimension variable

 Sweet Home Chicago

Sweet Home Chicago

 when the wells run dry 2016

when the wells run dry 2016

 Still from "We Are" multi screen video installation. site specific 

Still from "We Are" multi screen video installation. site specific 

 Rights of Passage. site specific

Rights of Passage. site specific

 in studio for the "We Are" video installation.

in studio for the "We Are" video installation.

Archived work from previous collections

 
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