My studio work explores some of the more obscure aspects of popular culture, most often television shows I watched as a kid growing up in suburban Northern California. The concepts that frame my studio work originated years ago through conversations with co-workers and friends about why we remembered so many trivial details from old television shows, yet frequently forgot more important things like social security numbers or impending deadlines. I started using watercolor in its loosest form to depict these characters in an effort to amplify that sense of odd sentimentality and test the boundaries of just how much information was needed to make a recognition. As time passes and these images become dated, their complexity and cultural significance evolves. My goal is to explore our psychological relationship with these narratives and the ways in which they both reflect and negate reality.
Good Times was my second solo exhibition at Interface Gallery. The loosely rendered figurative work referenced the television shows Dynasty, Good Times, Fantasy Island, Flipper, Gentle Ben, and Lassie.