For the past couple of years my work has been informed by a collaboration with scientist, gardener, and landscape architect, Dorothea Hokema, on the “nature of the city.” Sites found primarily in New York and Berlin, from railroad parks to city beaches, were photographed and imported to the studio for reduction and re-construction. By embracing the missing meadows, one gains an endless tableau of in-between spaces and irregular voids. These readymades inform a geometric abstraction and a new way to draw and paint portraits of a city and culture in constant makeover. Arcadia arrives unpopulated, minimalist, modern and flat, with a non-organic palette covering canals, elevated trains, plastic sheeting, and basins. Subverting the historical genre of landscape painting, the pictorial is now about entropy, re-ordering, and irony within a theatre of color. This represents my cultural critique and my context for making art.