In Alien Love, I explore themes of social identity, alienation and equality. I'm conveying socio-political messages and personal attitudes through a fusion of Pop Art and calligraphic inspired elements.
Alien Love becomes a means of describing for my own sexuality. Initially, the work reflected LGBTQ rights and freedoms. Later, the narrative expanded to include any individual or group which has felt alienated.
Narrative storytelling is a vital element in this series. This is the story of the conception of Alien Love. Dejected from their home world. They are forced to live their lives out in outer space, in pockets of space. Here, they make alien love. Far away from their world. Perhaps, one day their fellow planet dwellers will let them come back. Until then, they are in bliss, in a union of love, far above their planet.
The race of alien beings are depicted along with an alien language, called Ackerman code, which is an intermix of numbers, words and symbols. The backgrounds, painted in black and white, can represent boundaries, such as those between the individual and society. Brightly painted characters in the foreground symbolize values of personal freedom and expression. The white and black labels float through these environments as reminders of social adherence and personal preference. My work becomes a process of breaking through barriers, solving issues and creating balance and harmony.
Alien Love: The Mini-Series
This is Alien Love; The Mini-Series. The saga continues in these small scale pieces with an otherworldly theme.
White Wall Alien Love
The Color Forms of Alien figures are set against the white wall gallery space. The Black This is Pop Art Minimalist. A stripped down version. A commentary of emotion and raw desire.
The Changeling and its many manifestations.
Alien Architecture Paintings
Alien Architecture Paintings are founded within a grid or framework. We enter through windows, chambers and doorways.
Inside domains, thriving alien creatures with alien language appear. This where otherworldly events take shape.
Action Code Paintings
The majority of these paintings were created during sessions of Ackerman Paints Live. Further details were added to several works, afterwards, in the studio. In some cases, location, atmosphere, energy and audience all became factors in the creation of the work.
Two paintings created during during a session of Ackerman Paints Live during The Wynwood Art Walk in Wynwood, Miami.
The Wynwood triptych which was started during a Session of Ackerman paints Live in Wynwwood, Miami during the Wynwood Art Walk. It was completed in my studio in Boca Raton.
Puzzle Piece Portraits
Pop Art Portraits. Psychological. Emotional. Contemplative. Cartoon and comic connections. Abstracting from the realistic realm.
Layered marks, lines and shapes swirl inside abstracted habits. An intermix and tangling of shapes and color. Some getting lost in the confusion. Some shapes finding their place.
Scratch Strata Paintings
Swamp evolves from small scale paintings. Several pieces were created under a magnification lens, by making incisions with palette knives and nails, into the surface of canvas and board. The series culminates in a larger piece. Layer upon layer of line and mark form a dense texture culture. Vibrant abstract filled habitats appear like swamp confetti. Enter the misty swamp lands and beyond.