Tag Archives: Driven To Abstraction

Memories Of The Future

Memories Of The Future (2016) 18 x 18" acrylic on wood panel
Memories Of The Future (2016) 18 x 18″ acrylic on wood panel

Even though the digital photographs of my paintings from 1998 through 2002 are so low-res, my memories of those hard-edged geometric compositions and decisive colors are sharp and clear.

This piece is a way of simultaneously looking back and also looking forward, I’ve been recapitulating and recapturing the raw energy and freeing it up even more than before, feeling inspired and also liberated by the fact of having completed several hundred of these types of pieces over the years (almost 700 paintings total, about half of these falling into the category of geometric abstractions)

And having worked out these nine new pieces this winter and early spring, I feel the energy and momentum to continue with this re-entry into the series.

So if I look back on these titles, and the pieces themselves, it’s gone beyond my previous concepts of Orders Of Magnitude, Ornaments Of Logic, and Urban Legends, and this series is simply encapsulated by the title of our upcoming exhibition

Driven To Abstraction

Urban Labyrinth

Urban Labyrinth (2016) 36 x 24" acrylic on wood panel
Urban Labyrinth (2016) 36 x 24″ acrylic on wood panel

This has been an intense experience, a very involved piece of work synthesizing the energy and pressure of a variety of personal and professional challenges

From a technical point of view, this painting includes the same kind of compositional intrigue that is becoming characteristic of this series, perhaps even more dramatic in the juxtaposition of the geometric and organic layers and the powerful color contrasts

Yet it still feels liberating and forward-looking, maybe coming from a darker corner while finding yet another path to emergence.

Rebel Music

Rebel Music (2016) 18 x 18" acrylic on wood panel
Rebel Music (2016) 18 x 18″ acrylic on wood panel

 

In this process I’ve been working on 21 paintings over the past two months, I narrowed it down and set ten of them aside to focus on completing new pieces for an upcoming exhibition here at
Motor House

This piece is typical of this series in that it consists of about seven or eight layers of paint on wood panel, I’ve worked in square format geometric abstractions for 18 years so I always enjoy pushing the boundaries in terms of color, composition and contrast as well as subtle painterly surface texture

Compositionally this piece kind of throws down the gauntlet, pushing the eye down to the lower right corner even as there are a few points of escape to keep our point of view circulating into the “background” and revolving through echoes and passages of dark shadows, a powerful tension of attachment and loss.