Tokyo Diptych Spring 2019

Artist in Residence at 3331 Arts Chiyoda

Iwamotochō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 
April-May 2019

“I lived in Tokyo for a period of fifteen months ending the summer of 2018. I painted outdoors and contemplated the city, which had a great impact on my painting. For this residence I will look to readdress the work I made during that time, now about one year ago, by making a single imposing painting. Using this framework of revisiting I hope to better understand the responses I have to Tokyo and why they may be useful for my painting.” (edit from proposal)

アーティスト・イン・レジデンス:AIR 3331

四月ー五月 2019


(see Postcards and Nakameguro to view previous projects refered to in the above statement)


The current title is a quote:

“Self-reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … without any of those models and images (which never work anyway) of the world as it is or should be.”

Aliveness -aka the gestalt- is a summation of the city. Every utopia has a model or an image, and by definition none of them are ever achieved. This utopia is simpler.

One year prior to the residency while living in Tokyo I thrived on a solipsistic practice and more simplistic criteria for my painting to suit what was for me an overwhelmingly visual experience. An experience of cultural silence: beauty through ignorance and a free flowing analysis. I tried to lean into those impressions.



Streetside photography came about spontaneously as I was thinking I should find more light and space. I’m not sure what photography meant for this project, what a potential public installation could do for it, or what the nature of site-specificity for this painting may be as a result, but these things are now open to me in more ways than before.


“...self reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … without any of those models and images (which never work anyway) of the world as it is or should be.”
  oil on canvas
(84 x 54) x 2

[street view 1, 2] “...self reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … “
perpendicular to Kanda river

[detail 1, 2] “...self reorganizing ‘Aliveness’ … “
oil on canvas
84 x 54

exhibtions : ︎