Sunday, November 19, 2006

100 Mission St. Commission

Smaller presentation works meant to be large installations, but were not accepted for the commission. The site was 100 Mission Street, San Francisco. The two paintings follow: above and below are photoshopped installation shots. The final works were to be 14' by 10', diptychs both.

The two smaller works are to be found in the collection of the building.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Belle Epoque review in November Artweek

A larger (readable) version of this can be found here.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Belle Epoque Statement

The statement, from the LA show:

This body of work is drawn from paintings of society women done by Jean Dominique Ingres, the French Classical painter of the 19th Century. The paintings started as a continuation of previous figurative works, with an interest in the formal aspects of the source paintings - the pose, the rendering of materials and so forth - but soon turned to what I saw as the artifice in Ingres' work. The idealization of the figures and the idealization of the environments hid the artistic license Ingres took with the anatomy of the women. So I pushed that incongruity by incorporating further the figures in an abstract context. Like engenders like and from these paintings arose the strictly abstract work, included here, the two paintings Belle Epoque - I and Belle Epoque - II. My present work continues in that vein.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Belle Epoque Exhibition in Los Angeles

Quatres Robes, finished state, in the studio at the Headlands Center for the Arts, in the Marin Headlands. The painting consists of eight panels and originated during my residency at the Vermont Studio Center. I wanted to play around with a painting that could be re-arranged by the viewer. The painting was part of an exhibition I recently had, entitled Belle Epoque, consisting of five single panel paintings and this multi-paneled piece.
The exhibition first opened at Mesa Contemporary Arts (municipal museum), in Mesa, Arizona, curated by Frank deCurtis, formerly the assistant curator there. It was up for three months, moved on to San Francisco, at One Sansome, presented by Jan Casey of Casey and Associates. Again, it was up for a couple of months before being exhibited at Angel's Gate Cultural Center, in Los Angeles. That stretch ran from July to October - it was taken down a week ago, and was reviewed by Kim Beil in Artweek, for the November edition. More images of the works exhibited, studio shots and the review can be seen here on Flickr.
Also, installation shots uploaded by Angel's Gate can be seen here, again on Flickr.