Jeff Schwarz

Gallery Affiliations: Outlet, Cindy Lisica Gallery

Region: Northeast

My work is inspired by culturally significant tile mosaic, graffiti, bathroom wall drawings, historical pottery, and the qualities of the urban and rural places I have lived. The goal is a synthesized abstraction of these influences that allows intuition and invention to creep in. I live in an urban environment, and I am a product of that backdrop. The changes in my work are a direct result of my evolving physical spaces. The continuous scrawls of text/imagery that blanket the city’s veneer influence the surface treatment of my work. As each new message is created, the newest dialogue dilutes the older one. I approach the surfaces and the construction of my pieces intentionally; they are as direct as the city’s surface. The difficulty is finding a balance between the now of my place and the memory of my past.