Date: Saturday, October 19
Address: Washington University, Weil Hall, 1 Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO 63130 (Next door to the Kemper Art Museum)
Media: Digital Media, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance, Other
Studio Features: ADA Accessible, Child-Friendly, Outdoors, Restroom, Refreshments, Work For Sale
Through painting and video, I craft a persona called sadboyfuck; knowingly playing into the cringeworthy truisms of the detached, desultory young male painter. The term “sadboy” comes from a pocket of internet culture fostered in the early 2010s where self-deprecating humor functions as a mode for young men to sardonically express sensitivity; a failed attempt at amalgamizing emotional delicacy with an outdated notion of machismo. Sadboyfuck attempts to ride the preconception of his aimlessness, laziness, and misanthropy, though he is not enough of a nonentity to avoid occasionally falling into these conducts. Sadboyfuck exists equally as a pathetic masquerade and a clumsy display of my actual temperaments.
My work relies on an assortment of quotations and appropriations. In painting, granules of aloof imagery and snippets of text collected from a stable of sources are slapdashedly inscribed on loose-leaf notebook paper before receiving a spunky glaze. The video work overtly tips its hat to Bruce Nauman, ambivalently a hokey homage and a vulnerable lampoon. Together, they propose a joke without a punchline; a painter bereft of ideas or motive, illiterate in the sacred tongue of abstraction; a poet pilfering the expressions of others; a cowboy without his steed or gun."