Just Paint on Canvas

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Just Paint on Canvas

Have you ever had the insight that a dollar bill has absolutely no inherent value or meaning other than what we attribute to it? It’s just some ink on a rather small piece of paper.

Even the patterns of the ink on the paper – the numbers, words and pictures – only have meaning when we agree that they do.

Have you read art reviews wherein the critic elaborates upon this or that aspect of a painting, adding significance to the subject matter and technical aspects of the painting down to the choice of color, that flourish of a brushstroke, and that seemingly accidental drip over there? They might say the work is derived from some important thing and indicative of a new trend and has great social implications.

And maybe this was all part the artist’s intent – or more likely not – but it’s all true now. Because that meaning has been assigned to the painting by an authority.

The Treachery of Images, René Magritte, "This is not a pipe."

This is not a pipe, it’s just paint on canvas. “The Treachery of Images,” – René Magritte

People seem to want me to talk about the meaning in my paintings. Believe me, I put a lot in there. I  even try to infuse the energy of what it means to me so strongly that any viewer will get a sense of it. But I often say that there is no meaning except what you as the observer bring to the work from your own consciousness.

After all, the painting is akin to the dollar bill and is just paint on canvas, with no meaning except that which we assign to it.

What about the cosmos? Do you think there is any meaning out there beyond what we puny humans attach to it?

August 5th, 2015|Commentary, What's Happening|0 Comments

From Print to Painting

I liked the recent print I made so much that it inspired this new large painting, Origin of Form #2.

I normally use photographs of my paintings in various progressive stages combined with each other and other images such as public domain astronomical photographs and manipulated in Photoshop to produce the original digital art for the prints. I am finalizing a whole series of them.  The paintings feed the prints and I now see the prints as fully resolved studies for future paintings.

It is an exciting creative dynamic.

July 30th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments

Origin of Form

The world we know is built on triangles, mathematically speaking.

To determine how space sculpts itself, physicists describe its shape using triangles and their higher-dimensional analogues. A triangle is 2 dimensional and is the simplest shape that can be made in 2 dimensions.

Perhaps more easily visualized is the tetrahedron, the 3 dimensional form of a triangle with 4 triangular sides. Can you see that this is the most basic form possible in our world of 3 physical dimensions? Add anything and it becomes more complex. Take away anything and it collapses into 2 dimensions. I like to paint tetrahedrons (here and here) even if they are just painted on the 2 dimensional surface of the canvas.

That’s what scientists do too – as they postulate multidimensional realities of spacetime with projected representations in 2 dimensional drawings. A four dimensional world is based on a pentachoron, the 4  dimensional analogue of at the triangle. And on up into more complex dimensions. It all works mathematically but we’ll never concretely experience those because our senses work only in our 3 D world.

Fun Fact:  Near the Planck scale (really, really small), spacetime itself is 2 D.

I don’t usually say too much about my images, preferring to allow you to make up your own story.  Here, contemplation of such things lead to the creation of this work.

This image is the formation of a triangle in 2D. Don’t ask me what is making it. Maybe those are the  one dimensional vibrating strings of String Theory. Unknowably changed somewhat – in color at least – by the process.

And is that the Eye of Providence?

This is an original signed and numbered limited edition print that you can purchase here.

July 24th, 2015|New Work|1 Comment

New Website

Happy to be back in touch with everyone – not to mention back in the studio – and hope you are having a great summer too. I feel better than I have in a long time and thank you all for your many good wishes.

I am excited to let you know that my website is completely upgraded with presentation of my artwork in a modern, clean look for your ease and enjoyment in viewing.

And with new work for you to discover.

I have also updated my bio and artist’s statement to be more reflective of my journey to recovery and my new station in life.

I hope you will enjoy following along as I post artist updates and new work going forward.

If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them. And of course, if you are interested in having one of my paintings please contact me. (I am setting up direct online purchase which will be available soon.)

July 19th, 2015|What's Happening|2 Comments