We have arrived at a unique point in time when production and consumption are nearly simultaneous. No sooner is a thing brand new, it is used – or rather used up, dispensable – and not just things but places and labor/people too.
In the oceans, giant plastic reefs replace the superstructure for sea-life colonies .. much as human colonies inhabit the developments on the desert floors of the west. Rainbows of debris hover overhead in aerial satellite junkyards. In our de-centered cities, the architecture of cathedrals and super-malls is interchangeable as consumption becomes a sacrament.
The saturated color found in my painting underscores the false exuberance of this growth and consumption. Mixed in with images of garbage are moments of nostalgia, as individual associations with the historic become imbedded in and degraded by the new.