Chasing Magritte - A man in white tossing a bowler hat into the air, a group of men in black jumping to grab the hat

World of One: Chasing Magritte

Chasing Magritte 2018 Giclée Image size (HxW): 24″ x 47 5/8” | Paper Size (HxW): 30” x 53 5/8” | Edn 5 Chasing Magritte is about wanting to emulate your heroes, as well as my homage to the turn of the century Surrealist painter Rene Magritte. It’s probably no secret by now, but in case you didn’t know, that I’m a huge Magritte fan. Dali might be the poster boy for Surrealism, but there’s something about Magritte’s work that I’ve always been more drawn to. I don’t know if it’s his wit, or just because he’s more subtle. But there’s …

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Why the Colorful Shoes?

Excerpt from Invictus What’s with the colorful shoes? This is a question I get a lot when it comes to my self-portrait work. The short and simple answer, is that it’s an allusion to my youthful days as a competitive BBoy (break dancer). The long and complicated answer however, is that they’re there to represent the mysteries of life we have yet to solve. Sounds like art school bullshit, I know. But bare with me a little. The World of One is centered around the themes of dichotomy and paradox. I use the black and white suits as a metaphor …

A group of Asian gentleman standing in a circle on a hill, with a fall scene in the background. At the center of the circle is an Asian gentleman in white, floating in mid air on his back.

World of One: Memento Mori

Memento Mori 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 47 1/8 inches | edition of 5   When our friends pass away, they take a piece of us with them. Their absence leaves a void in our lives, directly proportional to the impact they made in them. Memento Mori was created with this concept in mind, and was meant to be a tribute to my friends who’ve passed away. But I wouldn’t exactly consider this a successful image (not striking enough), so it’ll have to remain in the “almost good” pile for the time being. What bothers me …

Group of asian men in dark suits jumping straight into the air forming a circle, one asian man in a light colored suit standing on his head in the middle of the group, on a grassy hill.

World of One: Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It is my way of illustrating the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Grounded Ambitions has been marinating in my brain pan for the last 2 years. I had originally imagined it very differently, with one figure sitting on the ground and the other figures jumping wildly in the air. But in my mind’s eye, I foresaw compositional problems with that arrangement. When it came to …

World of One: Pleasures of Pain

Pleasures of Pain Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 47 3/4″ inches | edition of 5   “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha We should not pick on others because we ourselves will inevitably get hurt in the process. In Pleasures of Pain I am illustrating a similar concept, only using snowballs instead of hot coals. Pleasures of Pain visually depicts this conundrum by juxtaposing the same person in both roles: as both the aggressor, and …

World of One: the Hustler

the Hustler (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 44 1/4″ inches | edition of 5   This is what it feels like to live in New York City. Everybody is somebody here (or at least trying to be somebody), so nobody gives a shit who you are. To survive here, you have to be constantly moving forward in life. If you’re not giving it your all, then you’re falling behind. At least that’s how this city feels to me, and I’ve crafted this image to reflect those feelings. I wanted to …

World of One: NSA

NSA (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43 5/8″ inches | edition of 5   This image has been marinating in my brainpan for months. I came up with the idea for this shot shortly after the NSA leaks broke out last year. However, I wasn’t able to find a suitable setting to serve as its backdrop until this past June. Furthermore, until these past few weeks, I’ve had neither the time, nor the resources to develop this picture to its completion. For me, this image represents one of America’s biggest …

World of One: Commodum

Commodum (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 40 7/8″ inches | edition of 5   “Good luck seldom walks in pairs, but bad luck never walks alone” – Chinese Proverb Apologies to my regular readers – New York life has been kicking my ass recently, which is why I hadn’t been making any posts for the last two months. My free time was swallowed whole by the apartment hunt monster, which left me with mere crumbs of time to produce any artwork. The apartment hunting process led me to ponder on …

World of One: A Waking Dream

A Waking Dream (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43 3/8″ inches | edition of 5   One of my favorite philosophical questions to ponder is: “How can I tell if the reality I’m seeing is real?” That is, how can we tell the difference between the reality we see before us and a convincing illusion? As an artist, this is a question that I often allude to in my work, particularly in regards to the authority we give photographs over how we perceive the world around us. Photographs have an …

World of One: Illusions of Progress

Illusions of Progress (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 42 7/16″ inches | edition of 5   Illusions of Progress is inspired by the feeling of being not quite sure if your efforts are paying off. Photographed on a chilly weekend morning in January, I think this is both one of my best and worst photographs. From the technical standpoint, there is nothing “correct” about this picture. Nothing is in proper focus, it’s crooked, and the guy on the far left is cut off through his eye. But, of my photos …