May 17, 2019

Detail: PTG 571


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Detail: PTG 570


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Open, Chrysalis


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Studio Visits: Instagram Compilation

Clockwise from the top left: Garry Nichols, Bob Franca, Riad Miah and John Mendelsohn.

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April 20, 2019

Night Crysalis


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April 18, 2019


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Cherub. Scarab. Holy Ghost. ­čĺÄ. Chrysalis. Time Capsule. Pod People. Nucleus.

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Fellow NYC artist Teri Hackett asked me to be part of a group show titled "Divine Interventions" at Sag Harbor Christ Church this summer. She pitched the idea at an opening in the LES, my solo show was recently de-installed and I was thinking at that time about how to incorporate the travel frame into a subsequent "painting" (the scare quotes indicating my Ryman move of expanding the plasticity from paint to the entire support) into my upcoming work. I immediately conjured an image of a lotus-like construction that incorporates a collection of cardboard font-stamps that I had used ten years ago in my paintings. I collected them in my studio, unwilling to toss them away.

It took a couple of weeks to pull it together. So far, so good.

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┬┐Quien es El Patr├│n?

Pattern. "Patr├│n" or "modelo" in castellano. I'm looking for a way forward in the method that I've relied on for the past five years of using masking in painting. Lines, curves, leaves, vines, nature, text... I wanted to shake it up, find another path in this camino. This puts the image up front, as opposed to arriving at an image after taking on a blank canvas, the traditional approach, each act circumscribing the set of possible subsequent acts, a narrowing grind resulting into the final manifesting image. Not so with the mask. In spanish, patr├│n also means an employer, a boss... which is also commands the image in painting. Paint goes down unconstrained until the time comes to lift the mask, where facture everywhere is sheared by the imaged edge.

Like a boss.

The thing is, this painting didn't dazzle me when I finished it. So, it's not finished. Therefore, the fragments of images of it in this entry. Two possibilities: scrape it off and start over, or place it to the side and add elements to it until it shines. Choosing the latter, since there's much of it that I like. Let's see if accretions will redeem it. I estimate that it'll take a month or so... until I go to Spain for the summer.


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