I've heard from a lot of you lately that the real world is starting to feel more like one of my paintings. The cities are largely empty and we only see other people through our phones. It's 2020 and we're living in the future. We can't go outside and there's no more toilet paper. This is America.
I've also heard from a lot of you eager to know how I'm going to paint about this strange time we're living in. I've been curious myself, and I guess we're all about to find out. My next show arrives May 30th at Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles, and it was already going to be arguably my biggest show to date. But boy does it suddenly feel more timely than I was expecting. When I started working on it, I was worried about the upcoming election. I was worried about the toll the last four years has taken on our country. I was worried about the toll it was taking on our planet. I was worried about the toll it was taking on my own mental health. And then, when I was about three quarters done, things got even weirder. And suddenly the show was about a global pandemic and a quarantine.
My show will be called “This is America.” It is named after the Childish Gambino song. Go watch the video.
This show will also be a part of the great American landscape tradition. I painted purple mountains and towering orange clouds, expansive deserts and rivers, canyons and dams and statues and the crumbling monuments we've erected to celebrate to our past which might outlive us all. I painted bulls and bears and smoke and fire and walls and floods.
It's 2020. Welcome to the dystopia of your choosing. This is America.