"A good poem leaves you feeling more human". - anon. / overheard - - -
--- likewise with a good painting or sculpture. Here are few idea-driven, idea-layered paintings (with jokes), in oil & mixed media, followed by sculpture in selected found materials, presenting landscape-Inscape & architecture-inflected images and objects in a broad, graphic, textured palette, in a full range of colors and dimensions -- reflecting a personal view of a hopeful though scarcely justifiable image-language sensitivity. This presumptive notion enables my rethinking of personal & cultural challenges, I'd call them art-enabled-reassessments of chaos, spontaneity, and the possibility of inward order. My WorkLife is --painting as a visually connective evocative enterprise AND a personal shape-language world, with advanced and primitive forces from various perception levels that meet each other in diplomacy & battle. Painting is that conversation between thought and feeling, an instrument of self creation & reckoning; personal, ruminative, & invitational. Noticing my own (often sadly intermittent) alertness brings about intimacy and reflection moment to moment. At once, a painter is both the story and the clueless listener, "seeing" or self-deludedly conjuring new 'evidence' of a private, deeper Life. Immanence: a painting unfolds; reason and arguments are assembled, affinities are noticed ...and then are personally elected / acted on; previous thresholds of aesthetic insight & courage are breached, alienation is temporarily diminished. Insights and ideas take the form of marks, shapes, colors and arrangements. Self-unity -however inexplicable- is the origin and endpoint of the work, which is to convey an evolving world within myself. as a contribution to our shared world.
From an immersive (though sometimes speciously 'research-oriented') studio practice -- a personal iconography has emerged: thought figurations in two and three dimensions that convey a robust interpretation of aesthetic attention & intention. Aggregating compelling elements of a complex structural presence, the GEO-Figuration that undergirds these compositions concerns what? open strength and endurance. By way of foxy color, decisive internal density, scale & proportion, these images illuminate a wayward yet determined ArtLife engagement in pressing visual detail. Well beyond the unavoidable doubt & ambiguity that lends a bristling frisson to the graphic & spatial field of each painting, this art is a inquiry about a presumptively collaborative meaning-creation narrative with the committed viewer -- it is a non-churchy call & response relationship. 'At Best' an urgent personal domain of optimism and contribution when taken together- my ImageWorld invites extended looking -outward & inward- in the same extended moment of self discernment and longing.