SOME LOS ANGELES SURF BREAKS

Pre-pandemic, I was making physically triggered, augmented objects (sound emitting drawings). During the pandemic, I adapted my practice to develop the concept of site specific, interactive animation. Between 2020 and early 2021, I exhibited three major series or projects of these online animated experiences embedded in the physical world. This newest ongoing series combines my pre-pandemic and pandemic art mediums. These objects (framed drawings) are enhanced with online identities. Unlike my pre-pandemic work, these offline objects are not connected to the online world through audio clips, but through animation. In early 2021, I cracked my head open on a rock while surfing. I found myself compelled to draw reef breaks, the desire to make portraits gone. So perhaps these are contemporary portraits of landscapes–in that they entail online and offline elements of a single (depicted) identity. I hiked to secret surf spots throughout notoriously localized PV, drew them from life in ink, and then created animations in the studio. Indulging in this impulse to make a painting that “did,” I played with what it would be like if a painting could come alive–what could the few moments before and after that still image look like?