Oct 1 - Nov 2, 2014
Friday, Oct 3
"Divine Light: 100 Kinds of Light"
"Divine Light" is the last 100 14x11" mixed-media paintings from the "Free Fall" series of 1000 mixed-media paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. The first 900 pieces in "Free Fall " were based on a personal experience of free fall into a transcendent white light.
The 100 "Divine Light" pieces are all done on 14x11" photographs of the Giotto paintings, which are installed in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy. It was Giotto’s ability to depict the entrance of the supernatural realm into the natural world, his pure light that gave a glimpse of eternity, which serves as a perfect background for the last 100 paintings.
The "Divine Light" series is my way of trying to capture the behind and the above and the beyond of the very pure, very bright multi-colored white light of my experience.
"Opening the Mountain"
"Those who climb to the peak... have seen but little of the mountain. I came not to look off from it, but to look at it. "
– Henry David Thoreau
Throughout the summer and fall of 2013 I hiked through New England’s mountains. Documenting the experience through writing and photography in my blog walkingisdrawing.blogspot.com.
I came to find that the journey was more of an interior than aesthetic one. Since memory (and thus images) are unreliable translators of experience, I am attempting here to address the ambient texture of events... forwarding the noumenal over the phenomenal and giving form to what, ultimately, is formless.
I approach my art practice, not so much in terms of a project, but as more of a kōan.* This reflects a deep and abiding question that hovers, for me, over the making of objects: “What is this? What does this mean?” It is the broadest, but ultimately deepest question (and it is one question), as it embodies all others, is rooted in the present moment, and is the one that guides me, moment to moment, into the work, into the world.
*A kōan (公案; Chinese: gōng-àn, Korean: gong'an, Vietnamese: công án) is a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Chan or Zen Buddism generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition. A famous kōan is: "Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?" (oral tradition attributed to Hakuin Ekaku 1686-1769, considered a reviver of the kōan tradition in Japan).