Summer busy gives way to the dog days of summer and the pace slows and time creeps through July and August. Days are seemingly unending in length and heat. It is not a rite of passage; it is a given, no one escapes the heavy sleepy moments that overtake each day starting at sunrise and ending sometime in October. Try as you might it is inescapable and eventually we all give in to it, in some form or fashion.
Nunnery’s Gallery 119 sent out the call for the gallery artists to participate in a group show this summer. The theme of the show is “Dog Days of Summer”, I thought it was very apropos to have this show, as we are experiencing a record heat this summer. My oldest child is an airline pilot. He gives me his out of date chart maps, and I love them, they are littered with circles of radar coverage. I have a deep sense of connection with circles and arcs and have used them symbolically in my work since the 90’s, and continue to do so. Maps have always intrigued me. I like to tear the maps apart and layer them in gel on the surface of my paintings and cover both with translucent gesso layers before any paint is applied to the surface. The surface takes on a rich, almost mesmerizing texture that is riddled with partial views of the cities,airports, oceans, and strange shapes made by radar patterns. I love these maps, they are cryptic and explanatory all at the same time. Much like what I want my work to embody. It is my metaphor for life at this stage of the journey. This piece will be no different it will be diffused yet focused in vision and in it’s intent.
The parts that make the whole…..