STATEMENT

Art is not created in a vacuum; art is the continuation of a narrative. The narrative of time draws together the least likely of bedfellows: from Mantegna and Mothra to Mister Rogers, from Jupiter and Jesus to John Wilkes Booth; mythologies of culture and religion are macrocosms of personal anecdotes and childhood cartoons. I draw on conventions and iconography of Renaissance and Baroque art to produce imagery that can capture ideas of both a modern and pre-modern aesthetic. Conflation of time and space is a common theme in art. Medieval representations of the Dome of the Rock often collapsed ideas of the Dome, the Templum Domini, the Temple of Solomon, and the Temple of Herod into one small structure, all while serving as a synecdochal abbreviation of Jerusalem as a whole. Today, the juxtaposition of ideas from distant places and periods presents absurdist imagery anachronistic not only of time, but also of space. These lead us to question the validity of contemporary values and the legitimacy of the “Modern” as a whole. — JN 2011
SolomonSolomon's Temple From the Arsenal Old Testament