The early days of pop are what I call the CMYK universe, the print universe, which was tactile and absorbed in small doses. That world has been replaced by the RGB Universe we live in today. Now we experience the world through the lens/screens of this hyper charged RGB universe. It is the constant connection to these devices, which keeps our minds in a constant state of ON. I believe the mass consumption of visual information through our constant connection and addiction to the Internet is stimulating the occipital lobe, the visual cortex of our brain, far beyond where it has been. It is changing our brain chemistry. This generation of children will speak, consume, and understand a visual language in a way that humans never have before.
Pop has become all encompassing (brand, celebrity, memes, blogs, comments, snapchat, Instagram, news, fake news, podcasts, Kickstarters, and on and on…) delivered to us across 1000’s of channels constantly updated in real time. The result of this is that pop has been diluted, disposable, and our relationship to and influence by pop culture is temporary. There is no longer a hierarchy of relevance or importance. To me Jesus = skittles = racism = bird flu = Lego movie = latte = sound bite. It’s all just bubble gum and white noise. Boy George is George Michael is Michael Jackson. Wasn’t he the basketball player? Everything is becoming Prince. Richard. Disney…King. David. Hockney.
Exploring technologies impact on fine art this series uses between 2 and 6 images of my paintings to create an entirely new digital hybrid. By combining Painting, A and Painting B alternated by every other pixel the outcomes can be truly unexpected and depending how each individual process color and visual information the portraits can appear quite different. Left brain people may gravitate toward more circular organic paintings whereas right brained people find comfort in organization, hard angles, and grid systems. When you combine the two styles in a lenticular format people will experience the piece differently. I find the ability to take my raw paintings into the digital space and manipulate them incredibly exciting and the potential outcomes limitless.
I am inspired to design mandalas as a form of meditation therapy and when inspired by certain photographic moments that inspire energy, focus, life cycles and ultimately eternity.
A mandala (emphasis on first syllable; Sanskrit मण्डल, maṇḍala – literally "circle") is a geometric configuration of symbols with a very different application. In modern, typically American and European use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any circle ornament which can be used as a relaxing tool, for diagnostic (f.e. MARI card test[further explanation needed]) or in art therapy.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. It is used as a map (in Shintoism) in the Indian religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism or Japanese religion of Shintoism representing deities, or in the case of Shintoism, paradises, kami or actual shrines.
In New Age, the mandala is a diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a time-microcosm of the universe, but it originally meant to represent wholeness and a model for the organizational structure of life itself, a cosmic diagram that shows the relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies.