November 01 - December 30, 2011
September 09 - October 29, 2011
Jan 07 - Feb 25, 2011
I received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach. My work deals with mixed-media marbling patterns and layers of paint that express varying densities of meaning evoked by the layering process. Figures exist in a range of abstraction that transform within a web of continual change.
I fell in love with a rainbow when I was a child; the color spectrum was something I had never encountered before. One sees colors in and of themselves, mostly, not as combinations. From there I spent several years exploring how color could mix or co-exist with others, always looking for an extreme. The other day, I went to take inventory of my paints and found how I had moved from a cold, classical, dark field to one of vibrancy, vigor, vivaciousness. My wife remarked at how I had found life in my work; then I realized that life was color and color was life, that darkness, gray-scale, extremes, and chiaroscuro meant only how some people interpreted the world around themselves, sort of like a Galahad who sees only black or white, good or evil. Color is life, life is warmth, and warmth is happiness and joy, one of relationship, blending, merging towards oneness. Life is one of compromise, the willingness to learn new things in an effort towards reaching perfection. From the ONE emanated all life, perfection, union; therefore life should reflect the best of what we are capable of, of what we as human beings should seek after and become, NOT of what we can degenerate into and fall. As Above, So Below, and As Below, So Above!
I have been making art for over thirty years. In the last few years I have been working in the medium of assemblage. I purchase wood and other items from thrift stores and elsewhere and deconstruct them. Then I reconstruct them into my pieces with the addition of spray enamel and sometimes acrylic paint. Some of the artists who have inspired me are Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I work as a special education teacher during the day and sometimes as an education professor at night.
March 11 - April 30, 2011
May 13 - June 26, 2011
Recent paintings are a revisiting of hippy visions attained "on the road" most of the 1970's.
In the 1980's I left the road and tried to reproduce some of these visions on large canvases. This was during an earlier, looser phase of the Los Angeles Downtown Art Colony, when the ability to create a large work was limited only by your ability come up with 16 - 25 cents per square foot of sunlit, cavernous space. And so, here's the equation: ample space + little economic stress = really large canvases.
This August I took some basic outlines from these works and began reworking the ideas within the commodious space at 57Underground (which is commonly dark during August). A group of us brought in a chop saw, a table saw, fir planks, a 6 foot tall roll of canvas, and a large ice chest full of inspiration. My results are what you see in this exhibition.