In many of these pieces, the presentation of canvas on a wall is upended, as the art materials themselves take center stage, combined with a quasi-mystical element underscored by the neutral color palette - mostly white, really. Rolled bits of canvas produce an uncanny effect, with immediate references to slugs, wine corks, or even a toilet paper rolls. But the capricious element is secondary to the more primary concern of unmasking something elemental, about the practice of art and beyond.
Entrelacs, acrylic, thread, canvas piece and nails on wood panels, 20.5 x 40.5 x 4 cm
An ascetic quality pervades, and not just due to the pared-down palette and use of minimal materials. Eastern temple aesthetics are much on my mind, due to my readings of historical and contemporary Chinese writers, as well as my renewed study of traditional calligraphy. The stone pouches are meant to convey a deep sense of vulnerability as well as exploring issues of gravity and lift. There is a quasi-folk element to some of the pieces, akin to a recreation of a lost civilization or people, with a developed system of signs and symbols.
ECF9, thread, nails, stones on canvas, 51 x 51 x 4 cm
Nest, stone and thread on canvas, 20.5 x 40.5 x 2.5 cm
Fork, paper and thread on canvas with hanging string and paper ball, 20.3 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
Studies in Hue and Whimsy
Bright colors, verging on the provocative, combine with generous applications of thread to create complex abstractions with a purposefully playful element. An extensive exploration of the color blue ties the works to the natural world, while the seeming randomness of the lines and threads, combined with a careful selection of hues, ends up creating some overarching sense. In other words, these works are meant to be irrationally rational, and fun.
Encounter, acrylic and thread on canvas, 91.5 x 91.5 x 3.8 cm
Rondo, acrylic and thread on canvas, 91.5 x 91.5 x 3.8 cm
Between / Line
Lines have an ability to meander, and this directional ambivalence is central to this series. The use of thread, a textile lacking in textural confidence, also helps to create a state of unknowing, of asking questions more than answering them. Also impinging on this aesthetic is my reading of Chinese Buddhist texts and I-Ching notions. Lines, especially thin ones, also create a deep sense of space, a necessary component of reflection and meditation.
Hint, acrylic and thread on canvas, 122 x 152.5 x 3.8 cm