Monday, April 20, 2015

THE DREAMER HAS AWAKENED: JOHN RENBOURN (1944-2015)


Guitarist,  singer,  and composer John Renbourn  recently died of an apparent heart attack at his home in the Scottish Borders.  Best known for his work with traditional folk/rock group Pentangle,  his fluid guitar interplay with fellow guitarist Bert Jansch was a marvel of inventiveness and emotion, never nearing the uselessly frilly virtuosity of other less gifted players. While he worked in a conservative vernacular, he was far from a musical purist, subtly combining ancient (sitar) with modern (electric guitar,  fuzz-box,  and wha-wha). His quiet brand of guitar renewal and creativity will certainly be missed by those who actually listen.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

PROCESS: DONE?


By using the word "done" the painter implies that certain formal,  emotional,  and intellectual criteria have been satisfied to some degree.  Unfortunately this is a messy business,  one that rarely enters into the rational domain, and it is this murkiness that makes the work itself come alive.  Then again the painting may be seen as an excuse for apparently not "saying" anything.  Multiple logics may indeed be part of the experience of "seeing" through this catastrophe.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SOMEONE SOMEWHERE IN BROOKLYN


ether^ra checking out the printing possibilities at the newly opened CONTROL order processing center.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PROCESS: First Pass


Hopefully meaning will not find its way to the proceedings and straightjacket the process of painting.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ART SAYS



I quite like the idea of art as mis-heard and mis-interpreted "speech" taking visual form,  something that may indeed take great effort to  unravel,  if indeed it has any need of interpretation or rational bearing. Speaking clearly and loud enough to be heard generally seems like a basic course in inertia,  or worse,  an unnecessary picture of something. As artists are we to be concerned with teaching or doing (exploring a mystery)? I'll opt for the latter.

PROCESS: LATEST DIPTYCH