Small works on canvas measuring 12″x12″ each. Each deal in atrocities.
This was made entirely from fireworks my son made. I’ll spend much of the winter developing this work. I’ve already began building a cathedral along the diagonal line at the lower left. This will be a months-long combat.
Materials should lend themselves to the conceptual framework of the work at hand. The basic question “Why am I painting this?” is central to understanding what it is I’m doing. If what I’m saying is better said with another material, I don’t argue with that.
Intent is paramount. There’s nothing haphazard or random in this process. All sorts of factors must align and find cohesion within this framework. Uncertainty is always present, but it’s through the winnowing process of self-honesty and devotion to what specifically I’m trying to say that something new and strong emerges.
Developing the small painting In Broad Daylight, 12″x12″. Oil, aluminum, wood, linoleum, industrial paint, cloth & resistors.
This work, along with other miniatures on which I currently work deal with atrocities and personal anxiety.
Currently developing series of 12″x12″ miniatures which confronts the nature of mixed materials.
I’ve began to see what I’m doing as building and not painting, especially while using paint. These various structures made of different materials compete in a sense. They can’t help but be what they are, however, so each are their own reality, and exist in their own way. But somehow, if I build in paint successfully enough, the painted structure can exist with the others and hold its own. Of course just the act of painting something on one hand and constructing it w/aluminum or cork on another holds lots of interest in itself. There’s something of value there…. Intent is really in the forefront now because materials have such unique properties. They have to be handled correctly, though what drives this intent is something I’m just beginning to understand.
Paintings just arrived in NYC!
WPT did a nice story on me for their series called Wisconsin Life:
Here’s a recent Wisconsin Public Radio (Spectrum West) interview as well: