I was looking at the magazine rack at the local grocery store when I came across the headlines on the cover of "The World Weekly News". For those not familiar with this, it is a ridiculously absurd American tabloid with coverage on bigfoot's love slaves, bat-boys, Elvis sightings, and a monthly apocolypse prediction. Hard as it may be to believe, there must be someone out there who reads this thing and has the shameful suspicion in the back of their heads that there may be some truth to these stories and is a little more wary when looking up at the sky from then on. Then I noticed how this is done; all of the headlines begin with "Experts believe..." or "Scientists find..." Is the informal approval of an anonymous "Expert" or "Scientist" enough validity to twist someones perception of truth to the extent that it contradicts basic or popular logic? The answer is yes, not because these people are gullible or stupid, but because these people are human. It seems that very few of us investigate our own truths, we leave it to the "experts" and just take it at face value, which perhaps is why our technology eventually comes back and bites us in the ass (pollution, various diseases, killer bees, etc.) And so in my work, I explore individual truths in the face of what is accepted as truth in general. These are "Small" ideas of "Big" concepts, concepts usually left to the experts, like space travel, or atomical physics. Art can be it's own truth and contain it's own logic pertaining to its truth.
Biography: -Born 1979 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada -initially considered becoming a chef, but then had taken up an interest in photography. - Spring 1999 I enrolled at the Red Deer College, in Red Deer Alberta to take a two year foundation course in art, initially planning to transfer to the Alberta College of Art and Design to study photography. By the end of my first year, I fell in love with painting and photography became a second priority. During my two and a half year study at the Red Deer College, I'd participated in three student shows and a local proffessional show titled "The Seduction Of Smoking". -2001, After Graduation, I was scouted out by a provincial cultural representative to participate in a cultural addition to the 2001 Canada Summer Games held that year in London, Ontario. The program combined the works of nearly forty visual artists, musicians, dancers and actors in a one evening gala and gallery show the final night of the games. During this time I had picked up an interest in music and performance art, which in this case was on-stage live painting. -Fall 2001, I enrolled at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, which houses one of Canada's leading art collections and programs. -Graduated BFA spring 2004.
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