What painting has told me
I think in landscape. Landscape is dramatic.
Painting uses tone and rhythm or silence and stillness to conduct music.
Styrene snaps like a tree branch and can be layered in relief.
Relief is architecture. A painting must be more than its design.
Styrene absorbs paint and transforms into ancient slabs.
With repetitive activity I excavate and unearth combinations upon these slabs.
Black is an amplifier of color. A painter must master either black or white.
The line between reference and abstraction is infinite but I prefer to live in abstraction.
With repetitive activity I combine slabs into larger combinations.
Art is just the right amount of tension.
Configurations are constructive arrangements that explore the ambiguity between abstraction and representation. I approach artmaking as a play of multiple dualities – flat and relief, whimsy and darkness, modular and concrete. I excavate and combine until I reach the crisis point of what the Configuration wants to be, and I follow that road, superseding whatever my prior concept may have been.