STATEMENT FOR “THE HOLLOW MEN and the FINE ART of DETRACTION”
In the many years between college and my pursuit of a career in art, I worked in offices. I loved office work, but the interactions of people in workplaces disturbed me. What bothered me most was my own willing participation in the act of detraction.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church the word detraction is used to describe the act of disclosing another’s faults and failings to persons who don’t need to know them. Very often I would find myself drawing empty suits next to my notes during meetings
Although my styles are varied, there is a consistent theme in my artistic endeavors: to express emotional concepts and experiences through distortion and abstraction of figures and landscapes. Eventually, the suits found themselves standing in my landscapes, using tools of golf as their implements of destruction.
The ridiculous scenes and the muted cool palette of the paintings are a deliberate choice to reflect the peaceful and rather silly attitude which I have adopted towards my past office life. The titles are references to various business colloquialisms and slang. By the final pieces, in which the figures are alone, I wish to convey the joy and peace of escaping the oppressive atmosphere of detraction.
The title of the show is a reference to T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”