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Three Seconds with the Masters
This ongoing body of work examines transitory aesthetics and the rapid interpretation of historically significant visual art by art audiences. Studies have shown that the average gallery/museum visitor spends three seconds viewing individual artworks. Based on the painting of Masters and Old Masters, I question the accepted cultural "value" of the "priceless" object. A fundamental objective of my work is to create a dynamic that engages viewers in evaluating their relationship to art objects, breaking through the casual glancing norm which has become the socially assumed method of experiencing art. I am interested in the dynamic of the actual viewing of original painted images in motion and at different angles, the contemplative intent experienced in transition. My interest expands to include the co-dependence of art in a gallery setting to its label text as well as curatorial input as art content.

By appropriating highly composed and executed subject matter that has withstood curatorial vetting, in most cases for hundreds of years, I eliminate the issue of contents’ significance. Similar to the appropriation of commercial icons by Pop artists, the readymades of Marcel Duchamp, and the compositions of many Hip Hop artists, this work questions assumed relationships within the art environment as well as independently sustaining its own aesthetic and narrative presence. My art is not documentary in nature but is experiential, object oriented (surface, scale, composition) where content expands beyond a narrative subject matter to include the physical and conceptual experience of viewing.