Growing up in Newark, I was inspired and saddened by my inner city environment. I am inspired by Newark’s hope of renewal after decades of white flight, under-investment, and urban neglect. But I am saddened by the loss of my city’s historic architecture and urban fabric to the wrecking ball of ostensible progress. “Renaissance City” depicts the Newark of my childhood with garish signage and decayed structures blanketing my city’s architecture in a medley of color and consumerism.
Urban decay in Newark to the tune of Mozart’s death march (k 453a)
Inspired by the 1960s song Little Boxes on the Hillside by Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger
Working with my hands is liberating. Through drawing, cutting, folding, and pasting sheets of paper with my pen and knife in hand, I build something out of nothing.
Cities of consumerism and spending, wherever they are, realize the human desire for energy and movement. Neon Night is a triptych representation of urban life. Each image of city lights is the accidental result of sudden camera movement during the long shutter speed required for night photography.
Left to right: lights from Newark, Detroit (Fox Theater marquee), and Santander (Spain)