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Fragmentation

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The concept of fragmentation entertains to the notion of parts to the whole. If a puzzle arrives in pieces in a box it will take some figuring to assemble the picture in its totality. It's possible that connecting the parts is about how we form our sense of wholeness or completeness rather than recreating someone else's fiction. The landscape paintings made during graduate school in the late 70s are a glimpse into this idea. This concept runs across several bodies of work but lands in consciousness in 2006 with the large painting Yellow Brick Road and the subsequent Remnant paintings.

Big wind coming!
(2020)

Broken Egg
(2020)

Carnival
(2020)

Chattoog
(2020)

Fluttering
(2020)

Pandemonium

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Works that were done during the Corvid-19 pandemic or in relation to the pandemic beginning in 2020. The term expresses the state of mind of the world and in particular the convergence of the pandemic with the death of George Floyd and the subsequent civil unrest and government failures. Titles of works in this collection often reflect irony directed at the viewer's perceptions or states of being under duress.

Curls are fun!
(2020)

It's not that
(2020)

It's nothing!
(2020)

Its all of that!
(2020)

No dolphins here!
(2020)

Writing as Drawing

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How did we as human beings move from scratching marks in the sand to form images? I am interested in the space between these two conditions. I am particularly interested in the meaningless mark before it becomes encoded. I am interested in the possibility of the de codification of everything. This is one of the subterranean making activities I practice. It's being in a place that escapes language however temporarily. The practice contributes to thinking through abstraction as painting. Henri Michaud's drawings best embody this idea. I play with writing indecipherable texts. We have such a longing to make them mean something. But it offers so much more possibility in its inaccessibility. At that place, we are in the still moment before creation.

Enmeshed
(2017)

Eternal
(2017)

Running
(2017)

Leafed
(2016)

Nest
(2016)

The Fourth Wall

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Abstraction as a means to challenge the viewer's perceptual experiences about what they are seeing.

The Arrival
(2016)

The Axe Falls
(2016)

The Departure
(2016)

The Garden
(2016)

The Nursery
(2016)

Landscape

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Landscape as a subject not just a background in painting has a long history in the Western world beginning in the early 16th century and persisting to now. Nature as subject became interesting to me growing up on eastern Long Island where woods and water were not far from my parents doorstep. I never tired of riding my bike to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, or the Camp Eddie where I could row myself into the middle of the lake and watch the clouds float overhead. Once I had my own car I could drive out further east to Montauk Point or Orient Point and walk on the beaches or hang out at the harbor painting the sailboats or capturing still life of driftwood and dead matter. Even during my first semester at Buffalo State I made a large scale monochrome drawing of an alleyway with trash cans. The forlorn was a match for my young adult moodiness. In the process of earning my MFA at the University of South Florida in the mid-70s, I struggled with approaches to the landscape that shifted restlessly from fragmented impressions of the surrounding orange groves or fully abstracted horizontal drawings. I didn't have the history or the language to talk about this dual yearning until I was free of the influences of academia. Discovering Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art opened up the conversation about abstraction. The paintings that followed borrowed linear structure from Kandinsky while applying color randomly but allowed inference to subject. Eventually fruther influenced by a residency with Miriam Shapiro at Blossom School of Painting at Kent State I was able to bring texture into the work as well. (See paintings from 1982

To Beijing
(2005)

Phosphor
(2000)

Tarquinia
(2000)

One Tree (Pink)
(1992)

Shark Valley Nocturne
(1992)

Sign Language

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Nada
(1999)

Question
(1999)

Ram II
(1999)

Staff
(1999)

Staple
(1999)

Poetry of Falling

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The actual or implied horizon line in a landscape anchors the viewer to the ground and as such is comforting. All things are in place. The landscape paintings I did about the Everglades were static in that grounding. That single element allowed a response to painting to be about memory. I wanted less of that and more about the speculation of where the viewer stands. I removed the horizon from my paintings and started working vertically on gessoed paper. The absence of a horizon allowed gravity to be the impeller in the painting. Everything was structured downward in a descending cascade of marks. Color and marks worked together to suggest light without form.

Suspension
(1997)

Figurative

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Hurrican Dancers 7,8,9,10
(1993)

Hurricane Dancers 3,4
(1993)

Hurricane Dancers 1, 2
(1993)

Hurricane Dancers 5,6
(1993)

Transit
(1993)

Angels

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In 1984 I was living in a warehouse studio on a deadens street in Sarasota. I felt insecure being the only person who went to sleep at night in that industrial area. I did some research on Haitian Voodoo and imagined envisioning angels protecting me in the studio space and where ever I went. Eschewing corporeal figures, I opted for feathery lines made with irredescent paint sticks and placed them in architectural settings, borrowed from Early Renaissance architecture. Raised in the catholic church it was an easy steal. I took pleasure in blending Haitian spirits with Catholic architecture.

Requiem for an Angel
(1987)

Fourth Archangel
(1984)

Seventh Archangel
(1984)

Sixth Archangel
(1984)