I was born in Los Angeles, California and spent my teenage years in the San Fernando Valley suburbs in the 1960’s. This series tangentially recreates the feel, look and particularities of that era. My families’ fractured family life mirrored many during this era where first generation Jewish parents strove for conspicuous consumerism, fretted over youthful alienation and generally kept their heads down and secrets intact. The figures in these paintings can sense their dislocation, both to their surroundings and to each other.
Patterns and repetition play a big role in these paintings connecting the figures to their environment. Bright colors playfully contrast with the narrative of lonely figures isolated and alienated. The picture plane is spatially divided by glass and steel boxes, running into freeways and passing through valleys.