30+ years of paintings, talked about one painting at a time: what went into the paintings, what I was trying to say, what was happening at the time of my life that I made the paintings. The paintings themselves are narrative, and this adds a little more to the story that they tell.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Young Man Sitting Down 1994
Mostly they didn't sell. They were hard to show, hard to make slides of to show people, and hard to frame. They were large and often they were complex in their configuration. They were expensive, and of course it didn't help that the subject matter was usually pretty tough. With titles like Man Crying with Red Hands, Bully, and Boy Ghost, one can only imagine how they didn't fly off the gallery walls. I did sell some, have destroyed quite a few others, but still have the bulk of what I did through those years.
I was recently asked to be in a show curated by Dan Estabrook http://danestabrook.com/ at the Penland Gallery http://penland.org/gallery/ called This is a Photograph. When Dan invited me to be in the show, he specifically asked to choose from one of these multiple panel pieces, and Young Man Sitting Down was one of his selections. He was so enthusiastic and excited about showing these pieces that it made me remember how excited I had been making them, and now, looking at them again, realizing just how wonderful they are.
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I enjoy seeing your art and reading about its making. Your blog is a wonderful idea. Thank you.ReplyDelete