“One man’s surface pollution is another man’s canvas for making art.”
Residue is a re-purposing of urban signage and urban communication. Residue consists of original photographic images made of tiny portions of graffiti tags, any residue left behind from the creation of these graffiti tags, or any given cover up of the graffiti tag by differing authorities. More often than not, the photograph is a document of miniscule plays of colors, shapes, forms, and lines at about 3 by 5 inches in actual size. Canvases include, but are not limited to; fuse boxes, signs of all shapes, sizes, and functions, newspaper stands, doors, trash cans, poles, post office boxes, porta potties, dumpsters, or any other outdoor surface real estate.
The graffiti tags are ciphered urban scrawls, in public view, yet functioning as secretive autographs, meant to leave one's mark or to make a statement. Within these ciphered scrawls and other visual fodder, lies a world of painterly terrain, ripe with artistic possibilities. I appropriate the urban scrawl and find specific convergences, confluences, and graphic unions to create my own unique oeuvre d' art. So what began as an ephemeral, encrypted personal brand, becomes a rare opportunity to make original photographic imagery that resemble abstract expressionist paintings.
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