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THE TABLETOP SCHEMATICS
My current work, “Not There – Here”, (Barnett Newman) presents an arrangement of colored motifs randomly dispersed over a lyrical composition of grey forms. The two different visual entities are separate and insistently independent, yet engage in a dialogue with one another.
One of the catalysts for my work comes from an old red circular steel Coca-Cola sign that I rescued from the façade of a New York coffee shop slated for demolition. I did this not for its collectible, Americana appeal, but rather for its particular visual qualities. The sign was so clear and forthright, so visually clean and established in its Egyptian like iconography - the green Coke bottle with its umber liquid against a red field - the white Coca-Cola logo emblazoned across the center.
These tabletop paintings explore the mute persistence of common forms that are so inexorably familiar and commonplace that they become part of our everyday visual vernacular. Removed from their normal context or function they become part of a new visual strategy, more factual than lyrical.
All images are created on tabletop structures. The resulting form has that quality of objecthood that the German philosopher, Heidegger describes as “the thingness of the thing…the thing - being of the thing.” ï¼»1ï¼½
PAINTING MEDIUM: 1/4" gessoed plywood, acrylics, ink, graphite leads, edged with formica laminate and spray varnished.
ï¼»1ï¼½ Heidegger, Martin. Philosophies of Art and Beauty, “The Origin of the Work of Art.” University of Chicago Press. Chicago, 1964.