Alleys & Ruins no. 134, Dub Stop (2010, Chicago, IL, 11pm)

Alleys & Ruins no. 134, Dub Stop (2010, Chicago, IL, 11pm)

Sometimes a scene stirs in me the ethereal feelings of a dream, and more precisely the feeling that I'm dreaming as a child. I get that fleeting but wonderful feeling that everything is cloaked in the supernatural and that the scene before me belongs in a child's blissful fantasy. That's when I know I'm onto something and I put my tripod down.

Overlapped with this is an adult, intellectualized attempt to translate the dream into a theatrical image, one where I'm trying to involve the viewer by simplifying their ability to step into the space.

But these scenes and these spaces are hardly wonderful for most people, and it's telling that I pick these locations to manifest my vision because they are also bleak desperate examples of acute urban decay, and I have always loved them. They can be dangerous, as I can testify from having pursued this strange obsession for so many years.

Because of this paradox, my work is likewise a tug of war between these extreme world views. My art is a fusion of beauty and ugliness, joy and sadness, light and darkness, optimism/pessimism, life and death.


A 32X40 print of Dub Stop is in the Illinois State Museum's permanent collection, It was acquired by the museum in 2014.


Someone had scrawled "Dub" on the Stop sign, and thats how this picture gets its name. But Dubstep is a type of electronic music, and Dubstep dance is a style that involves lots of popping. When done well, it is absolutely mind blowing. Check out this example



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