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Sage

Sage

Sage

24″ x 24″
Reverse painting on Acrylic Sheet
GPS 33.623245, -112.065926
Date 04.21.98 – 04.21,2015

Un-moored, we cycle between raw visual delight and our inescapable compulsion to find patterns, explanations or meanings. As evidenced below, the possible narratives are infinite.

A Story in Sound


A Story in Text

Silver dust rose from a chromium green sage. It crumbled to the studio floor, scattering broken stems, small bugs and a smell… camphor, bitters, the comforting aroma of rain on the desert floor.

His skin was burnt sienna with a little raw umber and flake white. There was the hint of alizron crimson arising from blood pumping just below the surface, an unbroken conduit to his heart and his imagination.

His large hands folded a soft truth around the dried plant, coaxing it into a cylindrical shape … binding it just tightly enough to hold its form but free enough to permit his quiet breath to penetrate the bundle.
There were no flames…. only the smoke and the prayer. They burned our eyes and our hearts, unexpectedly leaking into the painting where they surely left a mark.

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Passion Particle

Passion Particle

18″ x 30″
Reverse painting on Acrylic Sheet
Painterly zeal (see video)

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Video Text

At the core of the painting we find evidence of a highly charged element, a kernel, a particle of what can only be described as passion.

Whether the result of an intentional artistic effort or just a fortuitous appearance, its remains are permanently embedded, although cleverly concealed, within the purported boundaries of the piece.

The particle may be a manifestation of some outside visual encounter or a more indirect experience resulting from imagination, visions, vague impressions, emotional revelations, sexual encounters or political fervor. The documentation is unclear on the subject of inspiration but leads us to believe its arrival was expected, or at least hoped for.

Shamelessly self-indulgent, its presence oscillates somewhere between contemplation, celebration and obsession.

One can only assume it attests to the peculiar sensibilities of the artist.

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Liquirizia Nero

Liquirizia Nero
30″ x 60″
Reverse painting on Acrylic Sheet
Painting for Licorice Lovers (See Video)

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Video Text

The label on the tube read Liquirizia Nero, a less than subtle reference to its exotic origins. As soon as the cap was removed and enough force was applied to squeeze the thick black paste onto the marble white surface, an illusion of the unmistakable coppery sweet flavor of Licorice found its way to the back of the throat. Masquerading as star anise or fennel, it takes a surprising effort to evict it from its container.

Unlike its cousin Lamp Black, Liquirizia Nero is not composed of smoky particles suspended in a viscous medium, lamp soot afloat in mineral oil base. Instead, the Liquirizia seems more like sugary flakes of obsidian crystal, bathed in a water clear nectar and possessed of a slightly metallic odor and flavor.

There was certainly a concern that it would revert to a swirl, its classical form. He knew that once liberated from the tube, the Liquirizia needed to be quickly contained; lovingly directed to an acceptable artistic and culinary purpose. In the end, the painting is evidence he must have felt up to the task.

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Axon Terminal

Axon Terminal

30″ x 60″
Reverse painting on Acrylic Sheet
Paint on the Brain (see video)

Video Text

There was certainly a potential connection. He had to be aware the painting exhibited a kind of synaptic gap, an obvious and well understood cleaving of the physical world, only bridgeable by a combination of electro-chemical and painterly processes. The information and the colors could have easily been glimpsed within the axonal sheath and their presence would have been obvious to amateur artists and neurologists alike.
And yet the gulf remains, leaving us waiting impatiently for that ”all or nothing” leap we hunger for. It’s not clear why he was unable or unwilling to span the divide but it’s possible that the failure to do so may have been, in this piece, a salvation.

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Short Circuit

Short Circuit

24″ x 30″
Reverse painting on Acrylic Sheet

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Thanks to:
Patricia Smith, Los Angeles, CA http://patriciasmithfineart.com/

Video Text

At first he thought there might have been some kind of physical malady responsible for his symptoms:

• a flattening of the visual world,
• a preoccupation with edges; wobbly and straight, hard and soft,
• an obsession with anthropomorphic forms arising from light and shadow,
• an unhealthy, visceral, often sensual reaction to odd sets of color combinations,
• a palpable revulsion in the presence of objects that ,according to some inner and annoying muse, were without doubt misplaced, misaligned or totally un-necessary.
• and, finally, all his symptoms conspiring to inflict an exhausting distractedness.

To recognize the real condition it took just the perfect combination of excessive solitude, repetitive motion, off topic diversions and no small amount of emotional discomfort. His diagnosis was a broad but shallow form of malignant synesthesia, a short circuit if you will, allowing visual data to leak into the larger sensorium, and effectively making a normal life impossible.

Even though it was all self-inflicted, he said he has no real regrets.

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CircleBack

CircleBack

30′ x 30″
Reverse painting on Acrylic Sheet
Silky Curves (see video)

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Thanks to:
Madison Mendez, San Francisco
Liviu Raican, Tulcea, Romania

Video Text

Evidently there was an interesting arrangement of large cement pipes clustered near the back of a railroad construction yard, patiently awaiting their turn as temporary vessels of moving poo. For some unknown reason, the pipes caught his attention. There was a pristine elegance in the geometry of their virgin state which was sadly at odds with their disturbing fate.

And too, looking at the pipes he had the uncomfortable impression that someone had just departed or might shortly return and catch him in the act of stealing a scene.

He told me he knew there was never really any possibility that he could capture those milky curves and bend them to his purpose. Still I supposed he had to try.

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