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Polished Ground

March 31, 2015 to May 2, 2015



The classic concept of “Painting on Canvas” was the simple starting point for this recent series. Both the canvas and the painting inevitably became exaggerated. Canvas turned into jute, twine, and garden fencing. Painting became brushwork in relief, watergilt, and burnished.

A recent visitor to the studio made the connection to Lichtenstein’s “Brushstroke”. However these are not so much related to wry and wonderful Pop, but more a conversation with an earlier group of artists from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s as seen in the Zero movement, where excitement with material experimentation and with the boundaries of the canvas was in the air.

Historical references aside, ultimately this work is simply a sensuous vocabulary of mark making, a Joy of Painting, a celebration of “Painting on Canvas”.