The paintings here are almost all oil on found objects of one
sort or other - details with each piece. They each have a "next"
button so you can go through from Gymninist to the last without coming back here though each also has a back-to-here
back to Main... contact
Thither They Go
Who We Are
All in Green
See Me Sing Me
4 Armies 2 Wars
Meat Pan Cover-up
One Thing Leads to Another
Aix en Provence
Dark Patch, Dark Path
20th Century Stragglers
Pension Fund Obsconder
Applauding the Prodigal Son
Sibling in the Mirror
....continued on opposite panel.
marks a completion, the work I've done since my last exhibit
in 2000 at Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta.
On a different level, I'm referring to the body of work I began in 1969. At the time
I saw it as going somewhere, had no idea where, not just no idea,
i only thought ahead as far as the next painting, if that. I
was focused on the moment for sure. I didn't think in terms of
an evolution, a development, at first anyway, except in an intuitive
way. But I had discovered how to make a painting and that took
me over, that's what I wanted to do,
paintings are almost all on found objects: cabinet doors,
various panels, "black" boards, a skillet, ... my ecological
concerns meshing with the aesthetic.
Subject: I've continued appropriating
drawings from children, this time mostly my daughter at various
ages, raiding her sketch books. And raiding my own sketch books
as well, & notebooks & doodles, even some self-portraits.
Some of the images are abstract, or near, some emphasize the
conceptual...I scoured my drawings, made a stack of the most
promising and when I found an object i'd browse, looking for
the image that fit (details on the image pages). Sometimes the
found object dictated its own image - a curved glass, oval frame
with turn-of-the-century photo of relatives became Ancestor.
along the way it became clear to me that this
would be it. Check the obituaries... people my age are starting to go. If i'm to get to the end of my to-do list I needed
to strategize. Painting was the furthest along, it beckoned, a volunteer. "Wrap it up!" it said, "you just
can't keep on doing this like there's no... tomorrow, no ending,
Right, so i looked at my list and my excitement level lifted.
I can finish that novel, do those 2-3-4 other writing projects,
archive my songs, fill out the painting web site and the political
cartoon web site, with literally everything i've got images of...(now done)
expand the text into autobiography. And exhibit
this most recent series and tour it, ...and maybe a retrospective.
I've been wanting to exhibit drawings too, so...
jump-started my "education", begining an awakening that
is the real subject of my paintings, songs, cartoons, writing...
my quest, and what has become more overtly central, what will
continue even if the to-do list gets done - namely, the cultivation
of consciousness, of presence, of being, of now.
Beach Seen Business
Knew Unto Others
Autobio: Today's Catch
Autobio: City Volk
Between the Land
Egg Tempera (over easy)
Place Setting Prep
Drawings & Monoprints:
(not necessarily fitting the time frame
here but works from various times
High Art Clothes Pin
Made in China #1 & 2
Under the Street Light
Duko et al.
Page After Page
Uno Mas Taza
Box Books, a project for MOCA/GA
and follow-up editions
City Gallery East
24 drawings, 2006