Most of the work in this show was completed last summer. I wanted to challenge the idea, “the mind craves a logical sequence.” With this intention, I decided to make paintings that had no obvious story. To do so, I needed to subvert my strong disposition to construct a narrative while working.
I began the series by looking through hundreds of old drawings, some made twenty or more years ago. I was in search of provocative imagery that made little narrative sense. I took bits and pieces of old drawings and, on the basis of their compositional qualities, juxtaposed them together to create an expressive compostion.
In spite of myself, as I painted I began to construct stories that interconnected the disparate images and colors. I made a conscious effort to keep the narrative qualities secondary. I didn’t want to know what the paintings were about. Instead, I concentrated on composition. The colors emerged, receded, and re-emerged. They called their own tune.
As I look at the images today, I can, with some effort and imagination, make some sense of them. But I don’t really know what stories they tell. I realize that the stories I find in the paintings today may not be what I was thinking at the time I painted them. If that information ever consciously existed, it has certainly disappeared, as today’s narrative will also disappear eventually.
All that will remain is the painting itself.
As part of theJune, Upper Manhattan Arts Stroll, I will be exhibiting paintings and drawings at the Cafe Buunni,
4961 Broadway between 207 & 208 Street, Inwood, NY.
OPENING: THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 7-8:30pm.
ARTIST TALK: SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 7-8:30pm.
The show continues through June.
The Mind Craves a Logical Sequence. 30” x 40.” Acrylic on canvas. 2018.