I’ve recently completed a few more “traditional” landscape paintings. They’re actually somewhere between Post-impressionism and Expressionism in overall style and look, with textural and media twists that are signatures of my own unique style. My creative process includes a lot of experimentation with media. Sometimes I incorporate novel media, other times I try to find the limits of more traditional and/or contemporary media and artists’ materials. If this sounds a bit like an Engineer or Scientist turned loose on an art studio …. well uhhhhm … YEAH. I do refrain from keeping a lab notebook while painting.
Every well-conceived experiment needs a control. Even complex multivariate phenomena are better investigated when baselines and control situations are established and understood. Where are the important variables? Which ones are coupled and correlated and which ones are causal? Painting is not as strictly and clearly laid out as, for example, a Biophysics experiment. However I find that more Representative styles and modes such as Landscape painting provide “control” situations for my little painty experiments.
The result of this approach is two series of paintings developed in parallel. One series is a set of abstract paintings that push and explore a media idea as far as my resources will take it. The details of these abstracts highlight, exemplify, and document the various media experiments and techniques. Currently the “Fluid Dynamics” Series is my abstract testbed. Concurrently there is a series of more representational landscape paintings that test and ground each technique developed. Can the technique or idea be controlled, engineered, and directed in order to produce something recognizable? This process of translating back to something representational forces me to move from consideration of paint and media to consideration of painting structure and processes. I believe this alternation makes both my abstract and my representational pieces stronger.
I have recently completed several landscapes that use different ideas and techniques I’ve developed in my fluid dynamics series, to varying degrees. Gelid Seascape was created using acrylic extrusion almost exclusively. Landscape after Rassuman, Iron Hills, and Grasslands all use different gel media and textural elements to tell a landscape story. Many of these textural stories are present in the abstract “Fluid Dynamics” series, but are occluded and somewhat subsumed under all of the fluid flow features. All of these landscapes are informative. They suggest different areas where more ideas from the “Fluid Dynamics” series can be brought into play to create a more complex and dynamic piece, or conversely where a simplification of technique might produce a more coherent image. The next set should be very interesting.After Rassuman on Square Market
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