Falling Snow (Jupiter Square)

Drawn on a 60” x 60” canvas, A 6x6 Magic square of 54”, each cell being 9”. A Magic square is a mathematical idea of balance, in a 6x6 square there are 36 cells, each number of 1-36 has its place in a cell, and if the cells of any row are added up in any direction (left right up down, diagonally, as well as the inner four squares, and other patterns) the sum will always be 111.

The idea of the Magic Square is associated with the astral influence of Jupiter, seen as a shield to the dark anxiety of Saturn. Jupiter demonstrates the clear path into the future.

New Print from framers

Picked up this silver-leaf Truncated Cube from the framers today, the recessed dimensionality of the frame makes the piece cohesive in concept from drawing to framing. The truncated cube is a often used in reference to angelic melancholia.

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Practice of Recognitions

I found this piece of paper on the ground in my brother’s garage, where I was painting a year ago. It was folded in half, when i opened it I thought it made a better painting that a lot of the things I do on purpose. Sometimes something shows up, or occurs without intention, revelation is the opposite of control. A piece like this is situated in the strange zone between engagement and intention; it gets made by engaging with materials, but could not have been made if I had an intention to make it. Finding it felt like a recognition of something just on the other side of the will. My brother said he thought it looked Japanese, and I thought of those big Japanese paintings made with mop-sized brushes. The paper here is the orange tissue paper that is between sheets of silver-leaf. When I picked up the piece of paper I had a memory occur of having too much medium on my brush before having to make a brush stroke and kind of just whacking it on the orange paper before approaching the canvas. I was painting something that had a similar composition with much more control, the twin black orbs. I think I like the small orange version better. The silver leaf paper was laying around from the painting I did before the black orbs, one called Heavens with the floating geometry.

First snow

I’m in a bit of limbo at the moment while I wait for a canvas order to arrive, so I’ve been clearing and destroying a lot of old work. This one I wasn’t yet able to dismantle, so instead I left it outside to be weathered to see what happens. Overnight we received our first snow of the year. So today I walked out to check on the painting and this is how I found it. There is a hole burned in the first layer of canvas, behind the hole is an aluminum screen, slightly damaged from burning, and behind that is another layer of canvas.

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View from the Studio

Working on a number of things in the studio:

60” x 60” canvas is for Falling Snow, a series of 12 paintings, grids of white paint on clear gessoed canvas. Varying in degrees of luminosity and heaviness of brushstroke throughout series, with slight variation made to size of grid on different canvases.

The Silver-Leaf prints of Truncated Cubes on blue paper are going to the framer’s tomorrow so they can hang in a the 10th Anniversary show at Parlor Gallery in February. I’ve thought about calling them Snowflakes, but they will likely be called Truncated Cubes.

I’m steering course guided by a star of inspiration and spending a lot of time in the studio, today I am ordering 6 more canvases for the Falling Snow series.

Joan Baez music video

This video is the result of a collaboration with Max Nova, a friend and fellow video artist who teaches Video Art at NYU and owns the company Optical Animal. Max brought me on board after being hired by Joan as one of ten NYU professors asked to make a video for her newest album. The two of us collaborated on setting up a still life, isolating an object with projection mapping, and making the projection transform the relations between objects in the frame. The difficult task of this project was to never be too obvious with meaning, we wanted to match the feel Joan creates, and to be in conversation with an elusive spirit of the song.