Painting Gallery 2008 - 2010

What preoccupied the work that I was working on through 2008 and into 2010 included a continuing reference to the on-line platform and visual experience. I often incorporated single and/or multiple computer "windows" featuring related or seemingly random images and messages that one may find while visiting or passing through a document, web-site, a youtube video, a pop-up ad, and so on. The images that I had been working with express the myriad thoughts, anxieties, fears and hopes that had been on my mind for some time (and often still do). The images express my concerns for the planet, the relationships among cultures and individuals in general, the continuing impact (as well as collapse) of consumer-based societies, and, every now and then, hopeful images of a better, brighter tomorrow. Although I referenced "youtube" in my work in previous years (in 2006, in particular), it wasn't until the beginning of 2009 that I made a decisive and conscious effort to work on my "youtube" series where the topics included spiritual themes, references to violence in society, environmental concerns, parodies about "divine" apparitions and encounters, make-overs "gone wrong", pixelation, identity politics, racial profiling, the ubiquity of technology, among other issues that I carried over into 2011.

Painting Galleries

Visit my Painting Galleries: navar For over twenty years, image-making for me has been a passion and avenue for exploring experiences, dreams and preoccupations, including issues of our dependence on technology, consumer culture, relationships, spirituality, politics, and the human "theatre". The paintings are arranged into different galleries, grouped, chronologically (the earliest from 1993 and spanning into the present) and "themes", especially when I find myself working in a series of paintings inspired from my life experiences, memories, nostalgia and personal interest, for example multi-generational, cross-cultural, popular consumer-based iconography and imagery, such as Chespirito, the Morton Salt Girl, muppets from Sesame Street, the Mexican Loteria, and Art History Homages.