Abstract 3415, 35″x45″, 2013, Edition of 5, C-print
In the past several years, I have taken an abrupt turn from the landscapes I’ve been making for some time. Though I continue to make new landscapes, in the past few years I have been concentrating on images in the areas of figuration and abstraction, all within the confines of my large water filled aquarium.
The new abstract series also entails a rather unusual way of using the tank. In some of the landscape images I would construct part of the landscape on a table in front of the tank, in the tank, and on a much larger table in back of the tank. Sometimes the dimension from front to back of the model would be more than twelve feet. With the new abstract series I am only using about a half inch to a foot of the space behind the glass in the water filled tank. This new method produces a rather flat surface to the photograph instead of the nineteenth century depth of the landscapes. It also allows me an exploration of new color compositions as well as creating and photographing almost random occurrences as the paint pigment and water mixture flow through the tank. This method allows new freedoms of exploration and creativity I have not had before.
Abstract 3245, 35″x45″, 2013, Edition of 5, C-print
Abstract 3318, 35″x45″, 2013, Edition of 5, C-print
Abstract 3466, 35×45, 2013, Edition of 5, C-print
I am calling the images above the pinball series because they are designed in such a way that the paint flows through the water and down the inside of the tank with various barriers placed in the way to make the paint form patterns.
The images below are formed by paint being allowed to free flow through the water and form volumetric patterns.
Abstract 722, 28×40, 2013, Edition of 5, Available at David B. Smith Gallery
These images are made with pure paint pigment suspended in the water. I’m always amazed with the results. After I pour the paint into the water it becomes a totally random event. I enjoy the “controlled randomness” my work entails whether it is the paint in the water or the gradual erosion of the plaster in the water.
ABSTRACT IMAGES, 2012
The wires and vertical shapes remind me of a repeating dream. It begins while standing outside admiring a glowing sunset. Upon raising my arms, I casually fly along a few hundred feet above the ground. The experience is exhilarating but eventually telephone poles and wires appear and make my route more and more difficult to navigate.The Abstract series is my latest body of work. Though they still have some resemblance to the Landscape work, paint patterns and color are the main issues as they form random shapes swirling through the water among the wires and plaster cones.