Discovered on a fall afternoon in the basement of The Art Students League of New York, “Defabrication” describes a process for constructing mixed media works based on the principle of eventual serendipity. Working through layers and across time, the artist prepares for an uncertain aesthetic destiny by applying a mixture of acrylic paint and medium, covering it with strips of linen, and leaving it to dry. Later, he peels away the linen — defabricates — to reveal a new layer, a new texture. With the paint dried and the linen removed, scribbles and marks made with bright pastels and bold colored pencils join the layer. Soon, new layers of paint will relegate everything that already happened to partial or complete obscurity.
With each new work, the artist begins without opinions or goals related to composition. The aggregation of decisions across layers constructs the identity of the work. Defabricated artworks develop continuously, combining different aspects of different layers into an ensuing whole. Oftentimes, one layer’s most uninteresting or off-putting remnants stick around long enough to distinguish the work in its final form. As a work of Defabrication matures with the addition of new layers, the artist cultivates the work, directing the aesthetic vision through his selection of colors and marking tools.