June 6 - July 20, 2013
opening June 6, 6-8pm
"My paintings tend to be related in some way to my physical environments and experience of them. Also, they are experiments in creating new environments. An individual painting can become a new place in itself, with sensations of things that might happen in a place, such as weather, touch, landscape, temperature, sex, or noise. Abstract marks interact with more recognizable shapes, and a kind of narrative ensues.
Source material I draw from when I’m painting often includes photographs I’ve taken of places I’ve been, books of signs and symbols from various cultures and religions, and color combinations I’ve seen in nature and in my environment that I’ve remembered.
The paintings in this show are part of a large series called the Song of Songs. I’m using the Song of Solomon (alternately called the Song of Songs) from the Old Testament to paint a love song to my wife and son. Being queer and feminist, little of the Bible makes sense when applied to my life. I’ve taken this love poem and related it in an abstract way to the narrative of my own loves. Going from frenzied new love to nightmares of loss to recovery, the poem and the paintings follow a parallel trajectory. The titles of the paintings are from the poem.
The paintings in this show represent the recovery part of the narrative and are based on photos I took in southern Spain. There, many surfaces are covered in intricate Arabian geometric patterns. Throughout this series I’ve used specific landscapes as characters in an abstract story. I see the landscape of southern Spain as being built with a foreign visual language in many intricate parts that make up a surprising, new whole."