These two share the same color palette and the same desire to violate the canvas.
This recent work represents a variation on the Digital Autopsy series in that I’m allowing the computer components to show through by holding back color, though I feel I applied a bit more color than I intended. The result is a more raw and honest image, more chaotic yet able to stand on its own.
Rotary phone off the street for 80 pesos. Es una ganga.
One of my father’s paintings, probably completed before I was born. He always inspired me… still does.
“I will take care of myself for you and you will take care of yourself for me.”
Calvin & Hobbes
The traditional Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi is based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It is centered on the appreciation of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” in nature. Characteristics of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, spontaneity and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature.
A perfect circle has far less character and interest than an imperfect, hand-drawn circle, which is more compelling because of its imperfections.
An artist needs to be prepared to let go of a creation, even to the point of destroying work.
The two most difficult phases of the creative process are initiating the process, and deciding when a work is complete. The later is entirely subjective, and, more often than not, indefensible.
“I’ve often lost faith in myself, I’ve never lost it in my family”
Due to the pandemic, my gallery and gym are both closed leaving me with time on my hands. As a result, the past few months have found me very busy at the studio creating a new series based on the Digital Autopsy concept. Additionally, I find myself pursuing bold, overt contrast and texture that verges on sculpture.
A rare night out for dinner with my lovely wife and friends practicing physical distancing and wearing masks. (Not shown)