"Optical"

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll notice that I’ve been doing a lot of small traditional paintings. It’s all really in practice to make art work that will be in two group shows coming up. One show I have to make three pieces! Lucky the other one I have to only make one, but because of the hype the show will have, the pressure is still high to make something great. More on that later and back to the work…. So with this piece it’s easy to pass it off as something that is often done a lot today (dots + ornamentation), but I wanted to kinda show the artwork I am referencing a little bit. I guess it’s a way to reveal my process and open up. The artwork I’ve been looking at for reference is classic 20th century super designed record covers from here - http://www.projectthirtythree.com/

For this piece I’ve thought about the science of what are glasses. The human eye takes in light, reflects it and forms an image with color, much like a prism. I thought it would be great to make a piece of artwork that abstractly shows that without showing the human form.


“Optical” 8"x10" - Acrylic + Ink on paper mounted to board

This piece was submitted for a opening in brooklyn. I’ll throw you the details soon if it’s up for show.

Just a thought: It's all in the subtleties

More and more I’ve been using two kinds of black acrylic paint along with ink to do line work in what I do. One kind is a super cheap black that doesn’t lay on as a solid black or carry a long line well at all. The other kind is a black that is 100% opaque and gives a nice line that isn’t as fluid as ink, but gives a nice texture.

In between working on various projects, I’ve been working on my next mailer. While filling in a area with a pure black, it reminded me of abstract painters that paint black on black. Their work is purely about paint on surface and how we emote/react to the various surfaces that make the piece what it is. Lately I’ve been thinking about the subtle marks within a fill that makes for these mini abstractions within a representational piece. It doesn’t make or break a piece from it’s intention conceptually, but it adds a personal element or an observed purposeful element that I am trying to add to my work.