Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Space: Gregory Crewdson, Teun Hocks, Cindy Sherman

Gregory Crewdson layers space upon space, conveying the illusion of perspective and depth. He creates the thrill of voyeurism as his viewers look at something that seems private and personal to the figures depicted. His images contain vast scenes showing you room after room or space after space, with often only one or two people. The figures are small in scale compared to their scenery, and convey feelings of lonliness, loss, and sadness.

Teun Hocks features only one figure, himself, in most of his works. This lone figure does not operate in the same way as Crewdson's; instead Hocks seems content in a strange, surreal place. The space that he creates is his dreams or daydreams, I imagine. Hocks uses irony in many of his pieces to create humor. Warming his hands in front of a painting of a fireplace or wearing band-aids on his face from snapping rubber bands, show a whimsical, silly side of the artist.

Cindy Sherman plays with voyeuristic visages in a very different way than Gregory Crewdson does. While Crewdson makes you feel like you are spying from next door or across the street, Sherman creates up close and personal images of herself, as if you just walked in on her changing. The viewer invades the figure's personal space. There is a sense of tension, an awareness of being photographed that hangs in the air as these vulnerable figures are captured.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


No matter the media, color is always my focus. I have always been more fond of painting, than drawing, as you can model forms through gradations of colors, rather than lines. Color has all the power in an image, and the lack thereof is equally as powerful. I love the colors found in nature, as well as the musicality of natural, organic forms. The natural world is equally influential in my art work.