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”

Nature Naturing

“Presumptuous is the artist who does not follow his road through to the end. But chosen are those artists who penetrate to the region of that secret place where primeval power nurtures all evolution.” — Paul Klee, On Modern Art   Nature-Naturing & Nature-Natured For the the sake a simple hypothesis, nature has two dimensions:Continue reading “Nature Naturing”

Baroque

Situating your awareness of the ruins (of history and nature) in the present creates a scene where the distance between culture/nature collapses. Culture, as the short cycle of modern materials and their artificial cycle rapid in degeneration and violent destruction, and nature, as a slime dynamics of materia, have never been mutually exclusive categories. …andContinue reading “Baroque”

Earth Script

  Whereas abstraction in painting had surpassed the depiction of the exterior world and turned towards the embodied thing of painting as an evocative force, allowing the medium to take on a more personal character, deposition in painting – defined as the geologic deposition of the materiality of painting – usurps the modern theme ofContinue reading “Earth Script”

Catastrophism

ca·tas·tro·phe / kəˈtastrəfē/ noun: an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster. “a national economic catastrophe” synonyms:     calamity, cataclysm, havoc, ruin, ruination, tragedy; More adversity, trouble, trial, tribulation “the flood of ’82 was the worst catastrophe in the town’s history” the denouement of a drama, especially a classical tragedy   CatastrophiaContinue reading “Catastrophism”

Imagine Scales That Exceed You

“In relation to the history of organic life of earth,” writes a modern biologist, “the paltry fifty millennia of homo sapiens constitutes something like two seconds at the close of a twenty-four hour day. On this scale, the history of civilized mankind would fill one-fifth of the last second of the last hour.” The present,Continue reading “Imagine Scales That Exceed You”

I am Catastrophe

Shoreline Living near the coast of Lake Michigan I find myself in the liminal space where things are always changing. As an artist I go to the shoreline frequently to absorb the atmosphere. The motions, colors and layers permeate through my head. I observe the masses of concrete, rusty walls and the hovel of oldContinue reading “I am Catastrophe”

Like a Landslide

Constantly slipping into new trajectories where there are no enduring substances, only momentary forms, the painting is made of deposits of momentary occasions, each giving the appearance of an object that is continuously extending itself in time. It is not a matter of a structure complete in itself as produced by the human mind, andContinue reading “Like a Landslide”

Extinction Object

Extinction Object (foam, wire, wood, oil, soil, tar) “It reminds me of an oil spill,” my wife said, “it is abominable.” “Yes,” I replied. “It marks the catastrophic process that is the condition of its emergence.” Shifting through the muck of existence, can a sculpture tap into the viscosity of reality?  

Beyond Evocation

  Beyond Evocation The evocative object emerged out of the condition of viewing the painting as a thing produced by the human mind, as painting through which the human mind could contemplate itself. Stylistic forms would vary, of course, and there were several differences and rifts between the methods and constructions of this kind ofContinue reading “Beyond Evocation”