The insta-shot / smartphone photo is from another world, its context and exchange is speedy and online. It is not about having distance, it is too close; it is living experience, intuition, intimacy, flux and reaction – it is as close to life as it has become a part of life. Painting assimilates it doesn't die, and it has been dealing with this new image making since it emerged.
After Sun is a new and ongoing body of work that takes insta-shots of intimate sun basked moments, those capitalist indulgences of leisure times and self absorption. The after-sun soothes over the retinal burn. Burnt from the intense sun and from the over-production of binary images.
The paintings in After Sun take from the binary image, a looseness towards the subject, the preference of the body over the eye in executing an image, and a reaction to speed. The image as painted object is slowed down time, and renders sensitive its own materiality. In order to become an autonomous painting, image after image is produced, used as the model for the next and then discarded; From insta-photo, to paint software sketch, to ink cartoon, to Photoshop sketch, to ink cartoon, to paint on support …
Beach side Manicure 2020