Absolute: Position, my newest oil painting, is currently on its way to The George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles. I’ve been loosely connected with the gallery for a couple years now, showing a few pieces in their Culver City, LA gallery as well as the home gallery located in Chelsea, NYC.
It’s a real pleasure to announce that they will be receiving another piece on the west coast and I urge anyone in the area to check out the gallery. Read more below…
[Process Video & Full Image Gallery Below Article]
Last summer I announced that two of my paintings had been selected as part of Ohio Arts Council loan program at the 32 story Verne Riffe Center for Government & The Arts. As part of the 2015-2017 Ohio Governor’s Office and Residence Loan Program, all selected artwork has been carefully chosen by the Ohio Arts Council and will be on extended loan for 2 years at either the Governor’s Office or his residence. Recently, I was invited to an afternoon celebration thrown for the artists chosen for this award. After the swanky gathering at the Governor’s Mansion (full of represented art as well), artist were invited to tour the art on loan at the Riffe Center. My pieces are located in a sitting area within the offices.
“Since 1985 the OAC has assisted in placing artwork by Ohio artists and from the collections of Ohio museums and cultural institutions in the Governor’s Residence and throughout the Governor’s offices.” – OAC
Click on either title above to see additional links regarding the artwork. Feel free to check out the links to see the making-of and museums these pieces have been exhibited. Clicking on the images below will allow for a detailed view.
I commonly experiment with presentation, especially during the infancy stages of a body of artwork. When I made this painting in 2012 I had really liked the idea of showcasing the raw material that I use as backgrounds. For this reason, I felt that it was important to leave the piece in its raw plank shape and forego a frame altogether. Thirty or so paintings later I’ve found that it may have worked at the time, but now the un-framed edges don’t quite fit in with the rest of the series.
This is a great example of how time and perspective can really inform past decisions and hopefully pave the way for new ones. I’ve framed out this piece in a way that is fitting for the cannon of other “Absolute” paintings and I’m quite happy with the results. Take a look at its new digs.
Absolute: Force. Oil on reclaimed red oak. 29 1/2″ x 8″. 2.29.12.
Absolute: Force (detail): Absolute: Force (detail) Oil on reclaimed red oak. 29 1/2″ x 8″. 2.29.12
Absolute: Force (detail). Oil on reclaimed red oak. 29 1/2″ x 8″. 2.29.12
If one was to pay close enough attention, they may see seasonal shifts in the Absolute painting series that run in tandem with when the work was created. Of course, this is an obvious side effect when using natural elements as subject matter. However, I’ve also found that this seasonal shift can give a rich conceptual tie-in that grows as the body of work progresses. Read on to find why this piece is different.