“VICIOUS PHYSICAL ATTACK” scream the large, white block letters stamped across the face of the piece by the same name. This frightening phrase is combined not with images of brutality but of two lush, red roses, whose only (and minor) danger lies in their thorns. “EASY LIFE NOW POSSIBLE” trumpets the text of another work, combined with greatly enlarged images of pills. And the slang phrase, “GLORY HOLE,” with its subversive sexual connotations, is emblazoned across the front of a number of compositions, each one bearing an image of a bullet hole.
For the artist, who has an optimistic outlook, these works are not only dark and critical but also infused with hope and humor. Contemporary society is a mess of contradictions and ills, he seems to suggest, so we might as well identify the issues, work to make them better, and stay positive along the way.