Academy Of Realness
The Academy of Realness is a group of about 45 (and growing) large scale hybrid collages, in the style of Kurt Schwitters' Merzbilder's they were originally put together in the kitchen of a 5 floor walk up that saw lots of social activity in the mid to late '00s. Later I continued making them in my studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and now they have morphed into a new series I'm calling Industrial Collage. The series incorporates everyday personal rubbish with stream of consciousness diaristic and fantasy drawings, painting and the mono print. I was inspired by the daily ongoings of living in the "colorful" gayborhood that was once considered the center of the Art World, NYC's East Village. These myth making pieces are literally embedded with memories of lived experiences with friends, frienemies and past lovers.
Mono print on 5 panels with collage elements on sketchbook pages
60 x 200 inches (152 x 508cm)
Mono Print on discarded drawings
60 x 40 in. (101 x 152cm)
Collage using discarded scraps of paper
60 x 40 inches (101 x 152cm)