Building and Unbuilding the Globe

I met Judy Peres and David Hozza late 2008. I was planning a large project involving The Globe Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin when I learned that it was being dismantled for its timber. Judy and David were heading that project up. They very graciously allowed me to tour the century-plus year-old structures, taking hundreds of photographs and collecting information, and through our mutual love of these structures we soon became friends.

Here they are in front of the 20 foot, 9-panel Building and Unbuilding the Globe at a gallery here in Eau Claire one year ago.

Globe
Judy Peres and David Hozza.

Materials and Intent

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.

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Detail of Lodz, 12″x12″ on canvas.
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Detail of In Broad Daylight, 12″x12″ on canvas.
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Detail of In Broad Daylight, 12″x12″ on canvas. 

Wisconsin Public Television Feature

WPT did a nice story on me for their series called Wisconsin Life

 http://video.wpt.org/video/2365438248/ 

 Here’s a recent Wisconsin Public Radio (Spectrum West) interview as well: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7excbpiq5d6hy50/Interview.mp3?dl=0