"...Like the artist himself, his work is unpretentious, thoughtful and sincere. Created using materials normally associated with construction, such as 2 x 4s, metal brackets, plywood, particleboard and florescent paint, they self-consciously refer to their own status as constructed objects.
XXX doesn’t see abstraction as rigid or conceptual, but rather as an organic and free-flowing force. He strives to create work that is full of life, and builds each piece by responding to what already exists within it. Allowing the process to dictate the direction and evolution of the work, he accepts and “goes with what is there to make something happen.”
What brought me to this point was seeing this artist's works in a tiny pic exhibited at Pulse. I thought, based on the kind review and interesting forms/display, (helped by sparse booth and sticking with a one person show) to investigate further. So it brought me HERE. Then I got some close-up action like the kind in the morning without beer goggles. Yikes. OK, but there must be more. Always research the art beyond first impressions.
So then I went to the statement/press. Boy, that didn't help me. Just wondering how many artists are out there using stuff like "metal brackets, plywood, particleboard and florescent paint, they self-consciously refer to their own status as constructed objects..." to back their work up. Then that brought me to thinking about the swarms of applying mfa'ers due to the economy and felt like half the art world should just self-destruct.