MAN AND MACHINE

The Man and The Machine
The Man and the Machine, 1990, oil on canvas; 40″ x 60″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997
In the mid 1980’s I began searching for imagery that communicated what I was thinking and feeling about technology, the city, and the profoundly inhospitable world that we sometimes create for ourselves. A slew of dystopic technology films came out around that time: “Blade Runner”, “Brazil”, etc.––and these movies accurately captured our misgivings about the built environment and the coming digital age (which is now fully upon us thirty years later). At the time, I wanted to convey the ambiguity and mystery that attaches to man-made worlds that become anti-human. I also wanted to show that the innate religious impulse that all people have gets subverted by our grasping attempts to control of the natural world. Our machines become us and we become our machines…unless there is some sort of breakdown or reaching out for divine intervention.
The Man & The Machine (detail-2)

detail 1: The Man and The Machine
1990, oil on linen; 60″ x 60″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997

The Man & The Machine (detail)

detail 2: The Man & The Machine

1990, oil on linen; 60″ x 60″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997

Machine (detail)

Machine
1990, oil on linen; 60″ x 60″,
private collection

Man & Machine (Monotype)

Man and Machine
1990, monotype; 22″ x 30″,
private collection

Man and Machine IV Monotype

Man and Machine
1990, monotype; 22″ x 30″,
private collection