ARTIST STATEMENT FOR SHOW OPENING JUNE 6, 2019.

ARTIST STATEMENT

MARC SHANKER

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. 

INVITATION:

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.


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The Mind Craves a Logical Sequence. 30” x 40.” Acrylic on canvas. 2018.