"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, in oil & mixed media, followed by sculpture -- in selected 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 image-language sensitivity. This sensitivity 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 many 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, & though yet invitational. Noticing my own alertness brings about intimacy moment to moment. At once, a painter is both the story and the listener, seeing or conjuring new evidence of a private, deeper Life. Immanence: a painting unfolds; reason and arguments are assembled, affinities are noticed ...then personally elected / acted on; previous thresholds of aesthetic insight & courage are breached, alienation is temporarily diminished. Insights take the form of marks, shapes, colors and arrangements. Self-unity 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 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 determined ArtLife engagement in pressing visual detail. Well beyond the unavoidable doubt & ambiguity that brings a bristling frisson to the graphic & spatial field of each painting, this art is a inquiry about collaborative meaning-creation (with the committed viewer) -- it is a call & response relationship. An urgent and personal domain of optimism and contribution when taken together- my ImageWorld invites extended looking -outward & inward- in the same extended moment of understanding.