The Waifu Series/ VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: DOOMGUY GETS AN HONORARY BFA
ASURA: SQUARE ENIX
2021 OIL ON CANVAS
40″ X 60″
2021 OIL ON CANVAS
36″ X 48″
The works in the Waifu series are derived from found internet images of men making posed self portrait photographs with their favorite female characters from anime or video-games (Known colloquially as a “waifu” a Japanese pronunciation of the word Wife) In the process of painting I have removed the Waifu from the composition, leaving only the strange stilted gesture from the original unedited photograph, leaving only the name of the character as well as her copyright holder as the title. With this I aim to create a sense of awkward discomfort in the viewer as they encounter these close to life size figures grasping for some imaginary comfort, elevating the pathetic gesture of genuine loneliness to a heroic scale. The series also questions the role of the companies creating and marketing IPs in such a way as to create these hyper-fans (or “whales” as they are known in the industry). The men in these photographs not only invite us into a strange intimate look at their own psyche, but also into their financial situations through the items on display in their homes, be in the dirty walls and broken door in Asura or the strange lack of furniture in Runo. In rendering these men in Oils, a medium used for kings and presidents, the works create a feeling of conflict in the viewer between whether to Exalt these men to kings, or dismiss them as pathetic and worthy of ridicule.
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: DOOMGUY GETS AN HONORARY BFA
DOOM .WAD CONSISTING OF AN ACCURATE RECREATION OF THE SECOND FLOOR OF EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN, MUSIC BY LUCAS FULTZ-ZENTNER
FUNCTIONAL SIX FOOT TALL CUSTOM BUILT ARCADE MACHINE
THE YEAR IS 2021. THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC HAS DECIMATED THE BUDGET OF EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY. IN RESPONSE THE SCHOOL HAS LOANED OUT ITS SECOND FLOOR TO THE LEGIONS OF HELL FOR THEIR SHOW, ONLY NOW THEY REFUSE TO LEAVE. YOU ARE DOOMGUY, AND YOUR TASK IS TO ELIMINATE THE DEMONIC SQUATTERS AND DEFEAT THE SINISTER CYBER-CHIP WILSON, CEO OF HELL. CAN YOU SAVE THE UNIVERSITY IN TIME FOR THE GRAD SHOW?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many art galleries moved to online only, similar to this show you are currently experiencing; however, it is my opinion that it is impossible to capture the majesty of live, physical art over a screen, especially if its your tiny phone from 2017. I would argue that online art shows such as this force the work to take on a different form entirely, closer to a video game than anything; and because of this, I have chosen to lean into this change and create art that is literally a video game. VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: DOOMGUY GETS AN HONORARY BFA uses the medium of a doom level (known as a WAD) to critique elements of ECUAD in a tongue in cheek fashion, rendering the university’s large blocky cement strewn hallways faithfully in a game from 1992 that is incapable of rendering a circle, let alone a real place. In its accuracy to the real building however, this WAD exposes the Designed-in-a-machine-ness of the architecture of the building.
-NOTE, STOP PLAYING AFTER THE FIRST LEVEL IS COMPLETE. THE REST OF THE GAME IS JUST REGULAR DOOM II
CUSTOM BUILT ARCADE CABINET
When showing this work in meatspace it is contained within a fully functional arcade machine meant to be played by the viewer. For these reference photos the cabinet was rendered unplayable, as COVID-19 protocols made it unsafe.