#1020 Names

No. 2 study for a larger piece commemorating Stonewall at 50. Names of Marsha P. Johnson,Silvia Rivera,Jackie Hormona,Zasou Nova, Marty Robinson, Morty Manford, Robin Souza.
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#1019 Riddled with Light

16″ x 20″ (40×50)cm Acrylic on canvas. One of 5 studies for a larger work commemorating Stonewall at 50.
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Four studies for a larger work

I’ve been asked to contribute a piece for a show commemorating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. I want to do justice to the theme. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, using the techniques I’ve been developing recently, but on a larger scale. Don’t want to say too much about them, but here are 4 –very much in-progress studies–experimenting with surface textures.
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#381 Self Portrait

I pulled this from the basement, thinking I’d paint-over it, but seemed worth saving. I added hand prints–which I’d thought about doing when I made it. So this is 2015 to 2019 vintage. 25″ x 29″ (63×73) Acrylic on canvas
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Intersections: Imagining the Real

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When we see something in the distance, or out of the corner of the eye, or in fading light–the mind will offer an identity or name for what we think we see, but one that proves false on drawing nearer: it’s that intersection that I’m after–the instant between where you think you know what you are seeing, when the imagined image is replaced by an object with a name, with a received place in external reality.  In a work of art, that would be the power to suggest, to raise the question–but to resist capture by withholding the answer–that the viewer remain at an intersection between what is out there , and the hidden desire that is source of the art’s affective power.
In refusing to ‘represent,’ (to point to something else, something ‘out there,’ the work becomes a mirror reflecting back on ourselves, on a struggle we have not been aware of, until, agitated by being unable to find what the art is pointing to–a disturbance that may help open us to what we have been struggling NOT to see.
I think that happens with any work of art; even most explicitly representational work is always a distortion–and it’s in the distortion that we can see ourselves. Those brought up with, and open to experiencing art, will find this in any style or genre.
Non-representational art merely places this at the center, by erasing the distractions.

#985

9″ x 12″ Mixed media: watercolor, ink, acrylic on paper
“The Real is that which is impossible (to represent) and [Lacan] …associates it with trauma or the missed encounter (that which we could not have encountered). We cannot speak the Real, but it nonetheless produces …effects that we can trace.”
Levi Paul Bryant
I can’t imagine a better account for my turn to abstraction in my art.
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