A painting is a presence. Not that it has presence, though it does. We’re talking about good paintings, real paintings; whatever any of that might mean, in them presence is an essential quality. Maybe quality isn’t the right word…. Is a being reducible to its qualities? Is presence something beyond quality as well as number? … Continue reading A Painting Is a Presence
If the things themselves are holy, it is in the gaps between them, the form of their unstable, shifting relationships from which we uncover the sacred. The details grow to something greater. The mystery of representation is that it can never quite get at the thing itself. The mystery deepens insomuch that, nonetheless, in its … Continue reading Mysterious Foundations of Truth
I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, … Continue reading Immersion, Quality, Presence
Signs pull apart the totality of perception. Tearing holes in the field of relationships. Stopping the eye and the mind. Forcing a precipitation of some part held in opposition. This post is illustrated by a series of images of my work from various “genres” and across the span of three decades. This essay begins to … Continue reading Signs and Extended Metaphor
Ivan Illich‘s work turns on two related concepts. One is of our need to dwell, to inhabit a home, to have a place. The other is our need for conviviality. We cannot exist in isolation. We are vulnerable and part of everything as everything is part of us.
Avant Garde. We all know what that means! We learned it in school! There was always something of a cognitive dissonance, sitting in a slide-show survey class and taking notes to regurgitate on a test about how the modern avant garde was – and therefore supposedly still is – so transgressive! The old story about … Continue reading What Happens When Avant Garde Leaves the New Academy Behind?
Another cross-post from Horizons of Significance, The following is an address to be given at the first session of a class at a school that as far as I know does not yet exist. Nor do I know who the students might be, or their circumstances. What I do know is that I’d like to … Continue reading Drawing Distinctions
I stopped painting in 1999 Art was Modern. At that time any critique of The Modernism Movement came from within an all-encompassing modernist world-view. Post-Modernism or Traditionalist, the thrust of every approach to painting were simply reactions to Modernism. They did not challenge its underlying assumptions. Today the Art World reels along with the … Continue reading Artist’s Statement