The Prince George’s ballroom in New York City is such a grand and exquisite place so it forms the perfect backdrop to my upcoming exhibition at the Parallax AF non-art fair. Non-art fair?! Yup – it’s a non-art fair because it’s a unique place where artists can dare to display work that is not “commercial” and be themselves. I’m really excited to be displaying my artwork outside the DC area in the Big Apple alongside some international artists as well as art historian Dr. Chris Barlow.
Art fairs tend to be stuffy, commercialized venues where the public is introduced to artists that display their work which most of the time is “safe.” (Please someone, anyone! Buy my still-life of a bowl of fruit! It goes great in your living room.) I don’t paint fruit nor do I construct my still-life’s as if I was in a classroom. I paint what I see, I paint what I feel. Barlow states that “My research in deconstruction has showed it is very hard to say this particular object has a theme, this one doesn’t have a theme… This is what the fair is trying to raise awareness of.” Some of my artwork has nothing to do with each other. Sometimes, it does. It doesn’t always have to. For me, the idea of my art is to create. For fun, I paint landscapes. Why not? I love the ocean and I never get to see enough of it so I paint where I want to be or more “commercially” in this sense. The representation of what I’ve created is up to the viewer. My pieces are meant to bring you into a state of happiness. I paint with raw emotion and bright colors to evoke my audience a sense of contentment. I realize that for some, too much color is just too much and I’m ok with that. Instead of contentment, I invoke chaos in them. Yes – I was told that I use too much color. I’m not trying to please everyone. I’m just trying to please myself.
For more information about the 2013 Parallax Art Fair May 11-12th:
http://www.parallaxaf.com. Maybe I will see you there. Come take a look at our contradictions to commercial art.