The individual and the collective - the integrity of the primary identity vs the give-and-take of social interaction - the iconic self at one level, the organic merging of personalities in a shared space at another level.
These themes are applied in a new series of works that combine individual formulas with a communal space in which they interact.
In this example, 55 formulas were selected and applied at random on the first layer of wet glue encompassing the format surface. Here they push and pull at each other - some establishing dominance, others being contracted by their companions; some merging, others remaining distinct.
Once dry, their relationships become a history of permanent record. A fresh layer of glue is then applied on top, "pushing back" the first layer with a milky translucence once dry..
Finally, individual wet cells are created in which the original 55 formulas are allowed to grow separately.
(Above) #1616, Ink and watercolor suspended in polyvinyl resin glue on cradled wood panel, 36" x 36"
#1602 (Hex test), 24"h x 18"w, Ink and watercolor suspended in polyvinyl resin glue on cradled wood panel
The first acid test for new formulas, Spring 2016.
I've introduced a tighter grid to allow more tests within the format space.
The hexagonal grid is based on the honeycombs of beehives, which maximizes the number of cells within a given volume. It is also more visually dynamic than a square grid, with more complex diagonal relationships implied.
Below is a photo sent by the collector who purchased the piece, as installed in their home.
Studio One 11, 68929 Perez Road, Cathedral City, CA - (760) 770-1111 (Palm Springs area) Fresh Paint Art, 5835 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232- (323) 931-5835 (Los Angeles area) http://www,freshpaintart.com Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204 - (303) 635-6255 - http://www.michaelwarrencontemporary.com Red Arrow Gallery, 919 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206- (615) 236-6575 http://www.theredarrowgallery.com Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68131- (402) 502-8737 http://www.modernartsmidtown.com Eaton Fine Art, 900 W Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 - (512) 323-2628 - http://www.eatonfineart.com
#1515 (Warm Drape), Ink and watercolor suspended in polyvinyl resin glue on cradled wood panel, 36" x 36"
In a radical break from my usual practical and highly organized research methods I indulge in a spectacular experiment of organic formula interaction. With only a list of red and black formulas to refer to, and a working knowledge of their properties, I begin by pouring the wet glue at the top and allow gravity to pull it down into a drape-like shape within the prepared format. The formulas are introduced at random intervals as points that quickly flower and communicate with each other - creating a rich and sensual tapestry of action and reaction.
The fact that all of this interplay takes place within a single defined shape distinct from the square frame of the glue-bed format gives it a sense of "entity", suggesting a figure-ground relationship rather than a wall-to-wall field - - regardless of the myriad unique and distinct entities within.
It is many and it is one.
#1512, Ink and watercolor suspended in polyvinyl resin glue on wood panel, 36" x 36"
Curiosity leads me to create a communal space for the individual formulas to intermingle freely in their wet state. Once limited to the size of the cell in which they expanded alone, they now reveal another dimension of their character by competing for space - some pushing others aside, some compacting, some merging with others.
A fascinating process to behold, and a whole new area of research to develop.
Various strategies of communion are represented here, many with the wood grain surface of the cradled panel revealed for the first time (instead of being covered by the usual 1/4" thick bed of glue) to allow greater differentiation between formula cells and communal pools, but more about that next time.....
Former Los Angeles artist and art educator, now maintaining a full-time studio in the Mojave desert.
This unique Glue Painting process has been in development for 20 years. It involves an original wet-on-wet technique that yields an intricate patterned surface of milky translucence.
Microcosmic, macrocosmic, biological, and fractal references are invoked and implied.
Sizes range from 4" to 48" lateral dimension.
These paintings are available through select dealers in L.A., Palm Springs, Denver CO, and Joshua Tree, CA.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org