May 17, 2016

A New Painting: "Hook"


Hook, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 7/8 x 9 in.


A simple composition of horizontal and vertical rectangles is thrown for a loop with the addition of a curved form. I use that idiomatic expression deliberately, since the hook shape lets the mind wander into metaphor.


Hook detail

8 comments:

  1. It's like the perfect joke--surprising and satisfying....the color is as much part of that as the shapes

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  2. Thanks so much, Mia and Janita.

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  3. I was thinking about these works recently and it occurred to me that I see a parallel between Pearlstein's approach to the figure and your approach to mechanical sources- extremely compositional in focus but not escaping the connotations of the source imagery. I just saw that you studied alongside Pearlstein. Is my observation valid in your mind? Bogus? Either way, that's my perception....and I'm fairly psyched that Pearlstein came to mind before I saw that you crossed paths....made me feel slightly insightful!

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    1. There's definitely a relationship, Jon. Pearlstein was an important mentor to me and his approach to representation––with its emphasis on its abstract composition––certainly influenced me.

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    1. Yes, most of my images are of sunny days since I like the added compositional element of shadows.

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  5. A teacup
    A listening ear
    Something I can hold onto

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