Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thanks to Myra for reminding me
that I've neglected this blog for too long.  Time to resume.

A new painting is in progress: bigger surface than my recent 12inch squares. This feels very different to paint- I'm standing, stretching, reaching, stepping way, way back to see it. Yet I know its surface as intimately as the small paintings I sit before at my easel.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My painting is a search for form through color and light. The final image is not the goal. The paintings record my intention to engage the paint, canvas, and the tools at hand- my fingers, brushes, knives and scrapers.
As I paint, my attention is drawn to complements of complexity/simplicity, edges/mass, energy, the movement of light across the surface of the canvas-- reflected, glowing, undersided, rising-- that has spiritual resonance for me.
The medium I use is oil, but have recently experimented with acrylic mixed with oil pastel, and collages made of cut-up paintings.

Recent paintings

Just wrote a new statement and submitted works to the Brooklyn Museum's GO project.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, September 11, 2010

AGAST 2010

Please come view my work during the Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour on Saturday, October 2nd. My studio is at Brooklyn Artists Gym, 168 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Ave in the Gowanus district of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Language of Landscape

Heidegger uses the metaphors of the forest, the forest path (Holzweg) and the clearing (Lichtung) for "Being", through which one must make a hazardous journey off the beaten track and beyond the boundaries of the familiar (Holzweg) to gain insight. The actual existing "being" is not the fundamental Being (the forest) but the way it appears to us (as a clearing).

Holzweg implies not only a natural path through the woods but also the darkness of the forest and one's ability to lose one's way in it. Being lost on a Holzweg is like being on a "wild goose chase."

Holzweg can refer to the space cleared by foresters to allow a tree to fall unrestrictedly to the ground. It may also be the path created as the cutting of trees progresses ever more deeply into the woods. In both cases, a Holzweg is a "path to nowhere".

In the beginning, the experience of following a Holzweg does not entail thinking one is lost at all. Eventually, one finds oneself in unexpected places...having several paths to choose from but not knowing which if any will lead one back to familiar ground.

Holzweg is distinct from Feldwege (a path to the field).