In a culture that is permeated by consumerism and easily lured by status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt buildings. As the urban industrial landscape around me continues to evolve, artifacts like these are often overlooked.
In this particular series, I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust. Removing them from their everyday context, I place them on a solid color field giving them portrait-like importance. With devoted attention, I paint every imperfection and sign of age. Isolating these objects allows me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing urban environment.
See the resulting work here. I can only read the words "I commemorate" in a breathy, faux-hippie voice.