TOTAL (FLOODED GAS STATION)
40 x 53 x 1.5
Taking the stark graphic image of a gas station under the midday sun, in homage to Ed Ruscha’s Standard, I bring the inescapable back story of Global Warming.
A gas station is no longer the innocent object it appeared to be in 1966, when Ruscha portrayed it.
Engulfed by rising waters, today’s gas station is a victim of society’s relentless inertia in facing up to the climate crisis it has created through the burning of fossil fuels.
36 x 48 x 1.5
When is a pile of books more than a pile of books?
There are possibly several points of reference -- among them a post-literate culture in which reading has been largely supplanted by digital distractions in the form of video games, the IPhone, and FaceBook.
Inescapable too, is the allusion to censorship, and the suppression of learning and knowledge in a society moving increasingly into intellectual myopia and self-delusion.
Visually, the painting refers to the Romantic allegorical landscapes of Caspar David Friederich - for I am primarily a painter in the landscape tradition, whether representational or abstract.
Then again, perhaps this is just a pile of books.