This is a series all wrapped up in one piece — correction, it was a really awesome idea and painting (I thought) that never saw a second iteration. I guess the mold was broken, but not before this piece was scooped up for a privileged spot in a Durham residence to witness countless dinners in comfortable surroundings for years to come.
The concept would work anywhere, but I based this painting on Golden Belt in Durham, NC where I had recently completed a residency. Essentially, I took the U.S. Army's 21st-Century digitized camouflage pattern and updated it with situational details. Instead of merely approximating tonal values of a particular location, couldn't we insert authentic contextual details? If so, we could make camouflage on the fly for any location, for any purpose. Whether it's a hipster corner that includes your favorite coffee shop or a trail in the National Parks system or something slightly more militarized, the camouflage can be HYPERLOCAL. With a series of photographs and simply applying a tonal value of light, medium and dark, the pattern can be set.
In this case, there are 3,539 individual squares cut out and applied by hand to cover the canvas.