JOMO

Aurelia in the Tub Outside with Fav Book, Post, and Food Her Mom and I Brought, soap, ink jet, sun printing ink on paper and plastic, 27 x 46 in, 2015
Dad in the Tub under the Trees with Current Book and FB Wall Screenshots, sun printing ink, ink jet, and other mixed media, 41 x 36in, 2015
Rosa in the Tub with Two Favorite Books, Insta Posts, and Cast To-Go Container, soap, ink jet, sun printing ink, and other mixed media, 60 x 45 x 15, 2015-6
Https://www.instagram.com/p/BCtkTMegtOF/?taken-by=gavlakgallery, 36 x 45in, bathroom mirror, ink jet, sun printing ink, water transfer, and other mixed media on paper, 2015-6
T in the Tub with Sushi and Text Data (With Consent), soap, ink jet, sun printing ink, mirror, water transfer, and other mixed media, 60 x 40 in, 2015-6
JKonno, Danie, Ben, and Harry Potter in the Tub at Balboa Park with Posts, Coffee, and Homemade Lemon Cookiesink jet, sun printing ink, mirror, water transfer, and other mixed media, 60 x 40 in, 2015-6
Narsiso in the Tub at Colorado Lagoon with Stamped Pad Thai and Current Book, 35 x 44 in, ink jet, sun printing ink, mirror, water transfer, and other mixed media, 2016

 

Between 2015-2016, I began exploring the possibility of subverting the worst aspects of online social connection by changing the structure of my portraiture practice.

Choosing the positive inversion of “FOMO” as the series title, I aimed to emphasize the joy of experiencing life’s alternative moments spent offline.

I met members of my social network face to face in the outdoors to sketch their portrait. Each sitter reclined in a bathtub, filled with freshly washed pillows and blankets, which I rolled from my car using a skateboard. In exchange for their participation, I made or bought sitters a favorite meal that they communicated to me via social media. These digital detoxes forced both myself and the sitter to wash away the residue of media over-consumption through hanging out under the southern CA sun, listening to the wind in the trees, or breathing in the smell of freshly cut grass.