21 year old photographer/artist from New Jersey, currently studying in Massachusetts

All work I post here is mine unless stated otherwise.

Preview of a painting I started last night! I’ll also be posting some finished pieces within the next few days :)

Preview of a painting I started last night! I’ll also be posting some finished pieces within the next few days :)

Little doodle I did today in my studio :)

Little doodle I did today in my studio :)

september 21, 2014

today’s humidity fogged up my lens and gave UMass an eerie glow

Roxy Paine: Denuded Lens

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The word ‘denude’ means to strip something of its covering, or to make something bare. When first walking into Roxy Paine’s solo exhibition Denuded Lens at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, one can definitely feel a sense that something has been uncovered. Within the gallery there are three rooms of realistically rendered woodwork that will make even the craftiest of carpenters do a double take. During the time that I visited the exhibition there was a large tour already filling the gallery space. It was difficult to hear what exactly their tour guide was projecting across the room, but it provoked the gallery owner to step out and provide a bit more information on the new series.

She made it very clear that Paine had no help from outside professional carpenters, and I was already hooked.

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It was as if Paine had magically adopted the Midas touch, and instead of turning everything to gold, turned actual machines and forms of technology into wood. When observing these creations, the viewer initially feels a certain amount of shock. I, for one, was speechless. The transformation and rendering was so realistic, it seemed a bit uncanny. Paine clearly presented that not only is he an ambitious sculptor, but he also enjoys playing mind tricks with his viewers through the amount of detail and precision he crafts.

When I entered the second room in the back of the gallery I immediately realized I was witnessing the main attraction. The piece titled Checkpoint is an outstanding wooden replica of an airport security gateway, conveyer belts and all. The longer I viewed the wooden model, the more perplexed I became. The perspective was skewed so that the wooden carvings were actually altered in size and flattened in a way that made them appear further than they really were. At the correct angle, the whole piece is fantastically believable, even though it’s only 15 feet deep.

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Conceptually, these pieces hint at surveillance, and the dominance that machinery plays in our society. The industrial content portrayed through organic material creates an interesting aesthetic and an intangible paradox. Artificial meets natural, but the main question is what does it all mean? There is no function to these wooden structures, so is he hinting that underneath the machinery and high tech equipment there’s a void of reason?

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Overall, I must say that I enjoyed the exhibition as a whole. The phenomenally intricate detail of Paine’s woodwork is a marvel to experience in person, and the translation of wood into industrial familiarities is technical masterpiece.

- Juliette Sandleitner || 9.19.14

Check out what I had to say about the new Roxy Paine exhibition in Chelsea!

Took a break from schoolwork to go stargazing tonight, and boy was I NOT disappointed. This was a 30 second long exposure.

Took a break from schoolwork to go stargazing tonight, and boy was I NOT disappointed. This was a 30 second long exposure.

first signs of fall at UMass :)

just a few more shots from my class trip to the new york academy of art this past weekend

september 2014

the lower east side, manhattan

september 2014