A direct action in the world: a work of art for you


November 13, 2016
My studio practice is very much a contemplative one. My work this past year has dealt directly with themes of darkness and hope. I’ve grappled personally and mightily with questions of how contemporary reductive abstraction can be a direct response to the conditions of our world.

In 2015, I made a suite of large, nearly-black paintings called “fourpart,” shown at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia. The idea was simply to subject bright colors to multiple barrages of black washes. I wanted to see how much darkness the color could hold…or, more to the point, how much darkness I could handle layering over a color. I wanted to express the persistence of color in deep darkness. In early 2016 I followed up that project with a multiple work-on-paper edition (above) using the remaining paint.

This past August, my curatorial project “Louder Than Bombs” brought together eight international artists in Dayton OH. In my statement for the show I wrote about how making abstract art today fits in with a sense of social responsibility to the world in which we live. I wrote that acts of creativity are *other* than greedy, *other* than violent, and *other* than degrading. And that continual and habitual acts of creativity gather strength. Right now I desperately want to continue believing this.

This is a time for all manner of direct action.
One action that I have decided to take is to make a work of art for you.
All you have to do is tell me you want one.

–This will be a work on paper in the 7.5 x 5.5 inch format that is common for my drawings, similar to these.
–I intend to make all the works in one or two concentrated sessions as a cohesive series.
–The individual works will be unique, but likely share color and compositional strategies.
–The drawing will be my gift to you. I only ask that you cover shipping and handling.
–Please reserve your drawing by Monday November 21. Simply click here to send me an email and I’ll follow up with you.
–Drawings will ship beginning Monday, December 12.

I look forward to hearing from you!