“What's That Pink Thing?”
2021
Digital Collage
40” x 60”
1 of 3 (slight variations)

Two unrelated events shape my recent work and the way I discuss it.
First, the tragedy of George Floyd. As a white male artist do I have an obligation to address through my creative output one of the most paramount issues of our time? Or, do I continue my artistic expression in a more personal direction? Is art that doesn’t respond to larger societal issues merely decorative? Can art ignite change or merely document it? These are open questions.
Secondly, my recent heart attack has introduced a deeper subject matter into my art. The two most recent entries are the first I have made post attack. The incident has reinforced my decision to "walk the walk" in my public life as it pertains to actively doing the work to correct racial injustice and keeping the artistic output as it relates to me Brian St Cyr and my inner life journey separate. I don’t recommend having a heart attack. However, as I search for internal subject matter as relevant to the times we live in, I could do worse.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

“The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”
2021
Digital Collage
40” x 60”
1 of 3 (slight variations)

Two unrelated events shape my recent work and the way I discuss it.
First, the tragedy of George Floyd. As a white male artist do I have an obligation to address through my creative output one of the most paramount issues of our time? Or, do I continue my artistic expression in a more personal direction? Is art that doesn’t respond to larger societal issues merely decorative? Can art ignite change or merely document it? These are open questions.
Second, my recent heart attack has introduced a deeper subject matter into my art. The two most recent entries are the first I have made post attack. The incident has reinforced my decision to "walk the walk" in my public life as it pertains to actively doing the work to correct racial injustice and keeping the artistic output as it relates to me Brian St Cyr and my inner life journey separate. I don’t recommend having a heart attack. However, as I search for internal subject matter as relevant to the times we live in, I could do worse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

“504 On The Floor”
2020
Digital Collage
40” x 60” 1 of 3 (slight variations)

 

New Orleans is constantly under threat. The land on which it sits is literally disappearing yearly. Hurricanes destroy neighborhoods and hurt those already in need. Oil spills in the gulf kill wildlife and soil coastlines. New Orleans is a poor city for those who toil on the edge. Junk men driving around the city in their battered pickups while painted in the New Orleans colors of black and gold. Gathering mattresses and recyclables their reward. Coastal birds are covered in oil while underwater oil rigs burn. And yet the inner beauty persists.