September 30, 2010
A New Painting: "Cylinders"
This painting has a different internal scale than the previous works, which you can see below; the forms are smaller and more complex. The composition is basically divided into three parts, each with a different character, and topped by an apron overlapping the forms below. I get a kick out of the illusionism of that top rectangle; I don't know if it shows in this photo, but when I look at the painting, there seems to be a tangible space.
I had a thought while I was working on this painting that helped me to clarify what I was trying to do with this body of work: make forms that become archetypal rather than particular, so that the real objects which are the subjects of the paintings become disconnected from their origins, become simply abstract forms. I realize I've written similarly before, but working on this painting, struggling to get a balance of form and detail, made it more clear. It's funny how certain ideas that you've had become magically more concrete and present to your mind.
A suggestion: because the painting is long and narrow, it looks quite small on the blog or email page; if you click on the image, you'll see an enlargement. I must apologize for the quality of the photo; I had a hard time getting a shot without glare, which picks up the surface imperfections and somewhat changes the value relationships.