Artistic Statement

A few years ago Ken decided to go on a quest to find a path for his art that was closer to his artistic vision. The work he created was always work that he loved, but something was missing. Over the last few years Ken started seeing that path more clearly and it finally came into focus over the last several months. He is now ready to share that work with the world through his new web site. He now feels that his work has a greater coherence and a more unified vision. His love for bold colors, interesting shapes and forms now take center stage. He hopes you enjoy them as much as he does in creating the work.

Ken's creates his art digitally and uses the latest in cutting edge techniques and software and then they are printed with the most up-to-date processes and materials such as Diasec Artisan Crafted Acrylic Prints. If you are interested in high-tech, cutting edge art, then please check out my site. Briefly, there are three aspects of my work that define what I am trying to accomplish with my art: technology, improvisation, and shapes and color.

 

Technology

Our analog world is quickly fading from our view – going to the drug store to pick up our weekend getaway photos, opening the front door to retrieve our morning newspaper, stopping by our local book store to buy that novel we’ve been meaning to read, sitting down at a typewriter to begin the adventure of writing a novel, and perusing the local record shop for some of our favorite music.  Habits that formed the fabric of our lives not that many years ago are now all but gone – replaced by the hidden 1s and 0s that make up our now ubiquitous digital world.

 

Most people have now replaced those once ingrained analog habits with their digital counterparts: emails storm at us at an unrelenting pace; music, movies, and TV shows can be listened to or viewed on our phones, laptops, desktops, tablets; people carry entire libraries of novels, nonfiction, magazines, short stories, poems on whatever device is handy; the big game, whether football, basketball, baseball or hockey, is but an app away; that screenplay you’re writing can be pounded out in bed, in a cab, restaurant, subway train, or park bench; we can transfer money from one account to another while waiting for our dental appointment; and our TVs are fast becoming the gateway to the digital world.

 

In a very short time span we have adjusted to these meteoric changes.  Whether we like it or not, whether or not we are willing to accept this new reality, it is beyond question that we now live inside a digital cocoon.  Whether we have joined this digital revolution or not, we are all constantly encased in those hidden 1s and 0s.

 

Improvisation

At one point in my life I spent a considerable amount of time working in the theater as an actor, producer, director, and playwright.  I began acting by studying for two years at Second City in Chicago and spent some time working with other improvisational teachers.  This training taught me a valuable lesson – get out of my own way.

 

And by learning to get out of my own way, I have been able to let the process happen.  Don’t worry about the results, don’t try and control the process, don’t over think it, just let it happen.  And that is what I attempt to do with each piece of art I work on – let the work direct itself, let the work guide me rather than me guiding the work. Improvisation, whether in life or in art, is a valuable tool in helping make whatever you are working on more real and organic.

 

Colors and Shapes

There was a time when I loved creating black and white photography.  But, maybe, as I grew older color began to play a greater role in my life.  To walk into a gallery or museum room and be confronted with big, bold, colorful images is exhilarating.  Consequently, I can’t imagine working without using bold colors and interesting shapes.  I want to try and instill that same feeling I get when viewing those works of art into the people who will view my art.

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