Daily Archives: May 22, 2014

Timeout for Art: the Grid

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I have always liked working with the grid, for its inherent stability.

It removes composition from the plan, which leaves only the wonders of surface: color, pattern, texture, sheen…and how all of these elements play against one  another.

Which gives me plenty to think about, thank you!

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These images are details from two mid-sized (2′ x2′) collage-paintings I’m working on.

They are part of my continual exploration of how we view time; these fall into the very loose sub-category of “What If We Marked Our Days With Our Most Glorious Feelings Rather Than Numbers And Words?”, which is a bit of a mouthful, but a good thing to ponder.

They also fall into my determined effort to use up all the paper bits and lovelies I have saved for years and years (and that seem to multiply in the bins!) to make way for the fresh and new.

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I don’t feel that these are complete, yet, but I’m at a point where I need to stop.

I have to take time to recognize what is working, and what will resolve the work.

Sometimes, that involves putting a piece away for a week or longer, so that when I pull it back out, I can see it with “fresh eyes.”

This time, what I’ve done is move these works downstairs where I can live with them for a bit…see them in the changing light and in a living space away from the studio.

We’re just all co-existing here – without judgment – for a while.

 

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