On Aesthetic Nihilism, Part I & II

From his own experience, Eugene [Father Seraphim Rose] believed that modern man cannot come to Christ fully until he is first aware of how far he and his society have fallen away from Him, that is, until he has first faced the Nihilism in himself “The Nihilism of our age exists in all,” he wrote,Continue reading “On Aesthetic Nihilism, Part I & II”

Gift (22:9)

      I. Introduction Gift (22:9) was an installation created for a local art event. The aim of the piece was to explore the idea of the gift as sheer giving without anticipation of reciprocity. From the write up on the piece, Deep down inside everyone of us believes that there is something moreContinue reading “Gift (22:9)”

Prior Givenness of the Light

Aesthetics: The continuum of difference is not, as Nietzsche’s taste (postmodernism) has it, a sublime of sheer agon – a chaosmos of force, power, expansion, suppression, ascent or acquisition. Rather, overturning the anthropophagy of Dionysus and therefore also the ontology of violence, one may rejects the aesthetics of power in the idea that ontic differenceContinue reading “Prior Givenness of the Light”

Painting in a Different State

Some news on recent work. I’m excited about exhibiting one of my pieces in an upcoming group exhibition titled Abstract Mind 2019, at CICA Museum in South Korea. Check out cicamuseum.org for more information. The exhibition will be held March 8 to 24, 2019. The title of the work is “Painting in a Different State,”Continue reading “Painting in a Different State”

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”

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””

Handling, Glimpse, Withdrawal

I suppose my interests lately reside in content since I tend to think that content is just as crucial as form in the contribution of what makes a good painting. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to talking about painting and its influences, rather than being satisfied with recourse to a vacuous actuality ofContinue reading “Handling, Glimpse, Withdrawal”

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”