The Splenic Gaze

“The allegories of bourgeois culture do not find their truth content in an image of redeemed life, but, conversely, in an image of catastrophe. “Progress as catastrophe,” [in Benjamin’s language] therefore, is the sign under which the ruins of bourgeois civilization present themselves for decipherment to the splenic gaze of the allegorist, ‘The idea ofContinue reading “The Splenic Gaze”

Thoughts Out of Season

The experiences of time and space, matter, stability and change are altered dramatically by the quickening – the acceleration of speed, scale, density and flow of contemporary existence. Of course, this point isn’t insinuating the reduction of the identity to nothing, but rather to keep in mind that the identity – and thus also, theContinue reading “Thoughts Out of Season”

On Frequenting Sacred Shades

Lately I’ve been working on several paintings and an installation for an upcoming group exhibition (6/15/18 – pictures to come). I thought I would attempt to write something around my contribution. My aspiration as an artist is to express dwelling in nature. I choose to live in the countryside rather than the city. I amContinue reading “On Frequenting Sacred Shades”

“World Paintings”

“The aesthetic regurgitation of geological awfulness was exactly what Karel van Mander meant when he described Pieter Bruegel the Elder as swallowing whole mountains and rocks and vomiting them up again on canvases and panels. Leonardo’s god-like shaping hand set on the awesome mountainside now became the Fleming’s gift for making mountains palatable. For whileContinue reading ““World Paintings””

Apocalyptic Conditions of a Future Time

  You can imagine that in a hundred million years, the world map will be unrecognizable, along with the creatures that inhabit the territory. Certain tendencies in Earth’s past may reemerge, like the trope of supercontinents. It is now thought that many supercontinents have come together and broke apart in the deep time of theContinue reading “Apocalyptic Conditions of a Future Time”

Chaos & Potential in Painting

Focusing on the substrate of painting, the geologic materiality, its relation of forces, painting can act as a conduit for all kinds of protean impulses. “Paint” as a material (which is hard to define, given its ability to encompass a variety of mixed-media) may release chaotic energies. Chaos is consistently present in the making ofContinue reading “Chaos & Potential in Painting”

On Creative Difference

To Plato it was necessary to postulate an Other world. He splits reality into the apparent, or sensual world, and the intelligible world. The world of the intelligible is beyond sensible appearance – beyond individuals, beyond becoming, beyond sense data, beyond images or simulacra, beyond differences. The world of the intelligible is instead an eternallyContinue reading “On Creative Difference”

Cognitive Map

This cognitive map serves as a means of gathering together materiality, technique and theory that may pertain to my artistic endeavors. The content revolves around employed artistic materials, mythological and philsophical interests, etc., that may provide an assembly of references to my artwork, texts and ramblings. No doubt this map will be altered over theContinue reading “Cognitive Map”

On the Rhetoric of Painting

As an emergent feature of the Sun’s energy economy, organic life is subject to entropic necessity. Life as a manifestation of necrogenic vitality is inherently entwined with death. Painting, as an intensification of life, is an artifact of the humic indwelling. It is earthbound, composed of the nigreddo of Earth. As an artifact of time’sContinue reading “On the Rhetoric of Painting”

Commitment

Even if life, meaning and the phenomenological experience itself will be eclipsed by the sun’s eventual blackening, I surpass this (nihilist) vision through the affirmation of the contingencies themselves: yes, everything will be subject to catastrophism, but the contingencies of life nevertheless exist or have existed and shall exist for some time into the future,Continue reading “Commitment”