|The Here and Now|
18" x 18"
painted paper collage on canvas
In any event, I did reconnect with some part of myself recently to come up with the above piece. I had been on a hike with some friends and saw something across the lake. What I actually saw was that bottom left blue shape. It was sort of the negative space above the hillsides that I saw in the distance. I held on to that image and used it for the starting point of the piece. Everything else flowed from that idea. I should mention too that all of the shapes and things have some kind of basis in reality; my reality, that is. They all remind me of something I have seen or they reflect some idea I had. For example, I follow an artist on Instagram named Tom Harold. He makes rolling ball sculptures and if you don't know what those are you want to hop on over to his site to check them out! He uses all sorts of marbles in his work that roll around on these metal tracks. His constructions are very inspiring. I love to think of lines and shapes and objects sort of traveling around, waiting to fall into place with one another. They are all independent but also interconnected.
The title of the painting comes from something that I just recently put my finger on. Subject matter for art is always an issue. What is the art about? I waffle between art that has some meaning or looks like something recognizable and art that is purely emotional or gestural, perhaps even without meaning. It's both ends of the spectrum and frankly, I don't do either of them well! I don't paint well enough to paint realistically and I lack the impetus and energy to get emotional on the canvas. I am just in the middle somewhere. I finally decided, that for me and for being in this middle ground between subjective and objective, the work is grounded in something, but that something is different for me and different for the viewer. For my part, I tend to deal with things that I have seen or ideas that I have. I am looking around me trying to notice things. Hence the title of The Here and Now. I wait for images and ideas to present themselves. I take those ideas and visual fluff and put them with the colors, shapes, lines, etc. Or it could even be in reverse. I might see a shape I like and it reminds me of something. It's just hard to know what is going to come up and be useful. I can accept that.
Alright, thanks for reading. Hope everyone is having a lovely and gracious holiday season.