"Patience" painted prints

“Patience” painted prints will be available at the Monmouth Museum for the duration of my New Jersey Emerging Artist Series show, Grid Paintings. They are 26″ x 13″, printed on heavy fine-art paper, and the textured blooms are painted with acrylic. Limited edition, only 23 were made, each one is hand painted, signed and numbered.

If there are any left after the show I will post a link to buy online.

Finality without end

New painting for upcoming solo show, "Grid Paintings" as part of the NJ Emerging Artist series at Monmouth Museum

Finality without end - 18"x27" - oil on canvas - 2015

Finality without end - 18"x27" - oil on canvas - 2015

Finality without end (detail)

Finality without end (detail)

Finality without end (detail)

Finality without end (detail)

Reflection on Grid Paintings

With the first grid painting I ever did, “Pale Composition (Horizon of the Senses)”, I drove to the art store and bought two things: the biggest canvas they sold, and the smallest brush they had in stock.

     In retrospect, I understand the tension of the grid painting to be the relation between the size of the canvas and the brush – the canvas becomes large in relation to the small brush, the brush becomes small in relation to the large canvas. This might seem obvious, but consider that the canvas could become small if the brush were larger.

     Meaning, communication, and expression occurs because of this relation between the canvas and the brush – this is the capability of the grid painting – the expression is what occurs between canvas and brush. The difference between sizes is the interval that needs to be traversed – the size of the gap is the monstrous demon to be conquered.

     The difference in sizes is also the measurement of time. The fixed interval of size difference between canvas and brush allows us to set a limit on time, to understand how much time it would take to paint in this speed, in this interval of sizes. To understand that the interval is potentially infinite and capable of being rearranged, helps us understand the same about time. To stretch the imagination: the infinitely small and the infinitely large become the same thing. What is left is the human ability  to fix the relation of differences, to return within limits, and affirm life by returning. The return also runs the risk of becoming infinite – but in the case of the painting, it is never finished, only abandoned.

     Of course, these aspects and fixed differences are subject to rearrangement –   but in the painting each aspect is frozen in place to be seen & felt. This is the force of the painting – the bridge that was built through repetition of the return between two fixed differences. Pale composition is the conquering of the monstrous demon and reaching the limit of what can be sensed of the metaphysical interval between two differences.

Between the Reeds

Between the Reeds was painted on private commission, and was delivered today. The painting is a portrait of two people as animals.

The animals of this painting exist in a space that is beyond identity – a vision of what will forever be unknowable, unverifiable, and silent in our everyday world. And yet, the energy and force of the animal is somehow always there, rumbling beneath the surface of things, between the threads of reality, composed and whole when human life is frenzied and fragmented.

The gaze of the sheep follows the viewer – from any angle the sheep appears to be looking at you. There is reflective silver paint in the sheep’s wool, and shiny gold paint in the fox’s fur.

Peter Sloterdijk Portrait

I was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of Peter Sloterdijk, a contemporary German philosopher, in the "Cage" space of one of my earlier paintings of Michel Foucault. The title for this one, as of now, is "Poetics of Space", a phrase taken from Sloterdijk. I tried incorporating images and artwork that Sloterdijk uses in his writing - on the desk are scattered drawings that appear in his book "Bubbles" or "Spheres I" - the first installment of his magnum opus trilogy. The painting is an attempt to engage with Sloterdijk's concepts and make them visible and recognizable - but the painting was made to be interesting to someone who has never read him before as well.