WEIRD press release: 2017
Explain to me how you would describe your next show.
I think all the new paintings are small cuts from larger stories. Like glimpses of stories
so you have to fill in the blanks. The people in them are lonely, even if they are in groups
of people. You almost never see their faces.
The subjects are getting ready for people to see them, to present themselves, but we
see them before that moment. The figures are waiting for a spectator or possibly the
spectators were there but now they’re gone, so many of the paintings are about the
loneliness that happens in between.
Why do you think you made them?
Because that feeling is one of the melancholy experiences of life, and I want to
What do you mean? Can you say more about it?
Well, I often feel very lonely when I’m getting ready to go to a party, in those moments
before I arrive, or when I was younger, backstage getting ready to play a school
I don’t know really-it’s the sadness of being behind the scenes. It’s like the scene in the
movie The Prestige when the magician has to take a bow under the stage in order for
the trick to work, so he isn't the one who receives the applause. You told me you did
musical theater. What was it like that moment before you went on stage? What if you
went out and there was no one there? Or after your performance, you simply
Let me give you another scenario. What if you had an appointment that you were
dreading, say to a psychologist or someone who was going to decide your future, and
you had to climb these steps to a high floor. You would be so nervous, and maybe all
you could concentrate on is making it up one stair after another.
How do you see the paintings?
I think they are a melancholic attempt of seeing in the world something that is inside of you
or…that is missing inside of you. They are pieces of a puzzle that don’t quite fit right anywhere.
You take them and expose them. Like, nobody would ever make a painting of “behind the
scenes” but you do it. The people have many stories and the places have many charactersmaybe
their lives interconnect without them knowing it.
I like that interpretation very much. Thank you.