noun: bridge; plural noun: bridges
1. a structure carrying a road, path, railroad or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle
- something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things
I have always considered myself a painter. Even when I was a teenager, before I had ever even done a painting, I felt like a painter. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel some visceral connection to Van Gogh, self-taught and determined as hell. Later, Cy Twombly showed me that my love for the scribbling of little kids could have a place in the world of the serious artist. No matter what other form my creativity took at any given time, I knew, at heart, that I was a painter.
Sohn Fine Art began representing me during a period when I was focused on photography. The gallery only showed photographs. Over time a question began to form in my mind… how could I combine photography and my love for abstract painting in a way that was personal and real?
I began discussing the idea of an abstract drawing over a large inkjet print with gallery owner Cassandra Sohn. She encouraged me to do one. Orrin’s Ladder no. 1 was the first of this type of work. Moonlight on the Rails and Drive By followed later that year. They laid the groundwork for a new approach to working… hanging one visual language on the balance of another, related but separate, using the photographic print as a backdrop for an emotional, purely personal layer of line, color and symbol.
This collection of work shows my process of bridging the gap between two media, merging two previously separate and disparate creative outlets.