Painting and Place
Of rhythm is image
Of image is knowing
Of knowing there is a construct.
- Charles Olson
My recent paintings are about home - literally, in that they deal with the stuff of houses, schools and yards, and figuratively, in that they return to early sources of personal inspiration - the pasted color papers of the Josef Albers color course (which was my first art class) and the "total space" of Hans Hofmann (which I studied at the New York Studio School).
Color study, 1965
Home, what’s closest to us, resides in the details of windows, doors and driveways, and particularly in the personal responses they provoke. Work from observation offers a way to record these responses, which vary from day to day.
Pole Line House, 2008
Composing with images on the studio wall is to reflect on what they “know”, to construct a public face for these more intimate visions. Framing, selecting, is the basis of our construction. Within the frame, the field of color provides the ground of our experience - visual, in the way one color meets and interacts with its neighbors, and psychological, in the way colors provide an intimate connection to memories and unconscious associations.
Gate, Birch Lane School, 2010