The Beast Inside Us, 1998-1999
Ten 10' x 18' scanachrome billboards
Acrylic Paintings on Canvas, 30” x 60”
Latex Wall Paintings
The Beast Inside Us consists of 10 vinyl scanachrome billboards, acrylic paintings on canvas, and a latex wall painting, all conceived of as kinds of (anti)classical friezes. In The Beast, characters culled from classical children's literature were repainted by the artist and reproduced at architectural scale, arranged in a shallow space. Expanded to monumental proportions, delicate gouache brush strokes reify to become expressionistic slashes and the fairy tales characters of childhood reveal their base, archaic and sometimes terrifying natures.
The billboards were first produced in 1998 for the Exit new media festival, at the Maison des Arts, Creteil, France and the Maubeuge Festival, Le Manege, Maubeuge, France and later shown at the Centre D'Art Cotnemporaine in Geneva. The arcylic paintings and wall painting were created for the Sandra Gering Gallery, NY, in 1999. With their saturated colors and high production values, these works are intended for techtonic presentation, to redefine the language of painting at a public scale.