About a year ago I was working on two shaped canvases – actually PVC panels – and this is how they turned out: I got very impatient with what felt like just the same old
Robert Linsley thing; pretty but lifeless. So I destroyed them by overpainting and made
two black and whites with wet in wet. I needed the wet in wet to break out of my habits of design, though was a bit depressed at the thought that they looked too conventionally “expressionist.” The one on a black ground in particular seemed weak. I hauled them out the other day and the first one, with black poured into a wet white ground and red poured into wet black, is really strong. A bit scary. The other one had to go, so began to overpaint and quickly realized I was back where I started. But then thought…well, I’m a professional artist, so my job is to let the shapes dance and the colors sing – why not just
but still waiting for a final evaluation. What more is any artist supposed to do but make it look as good as possible? Maybe a lot more, but you can’t let grand ambitions shut you down. Stick to the real and concrete. The shape of these pieces resembles a pair of binoculars; each side can have a relatively independent arrangement, even as the whole is felt – a great possibility that the early versions didn’t get to.