In the winter of 2000-2001, I was beginning preparation of my MFA thesis art show at Hunter College in New York City. Struggling with my painting let alone coming up with a thesis, I tried to remember the things I loved the most, that made up me. That’s when I knew music had to play a big role and then I realized it could give me the whole structure of my show. Thinking about one my first favorite records, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, I connected it to one of my first favorite places, the Antiquarium. This was a used book store, art gallery, record store that acted as a “lonely hearts club” on a regular basis. I had collected records from a young age and it occurred to me I could use them as the physical structure for my painting. This would allow me to work on a massive series and try a wide variety of mediums and techniques, while remaining a cohesive whole. I took it further and built record display bins, a sales counter, posters, a listening area with a mix tape, and a display wall. Here are some photos from that show as I look back once again, trying to remember what I love and who I am.
This summer I plan to update this site and my store to get all of my images here and put up for sale whatever is available. I also want to get together some work on paper that I am stuck on and offer it up to some folks for collaboration. That is always a fun way to move forward. I hope to apply for more shows by the end of the year or get one booked for next year. I am also going to reactivate the mailing list but probably not the newsletter. Updates will happen here and some on social media, which I need a serious detox from now that I don't have anything to promote. My biggest goal though is to reconnect with the art community locally and folks from Hunter that are now across the world. I really miss talking about and looking at art and hope to find some more open hearts to commiserate with.