I’m pleased to announce that my work is appearing at The Ploughman in Park Slope, Brooklyn as a part of Art Slope, a week-long arts festival in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Ploughman offers Artisanal Cheese / Charcuterie / Craft Beer and Beer on Tap. It’s located at 438 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, between 14th and 15th Streets.
Featured at The Ploughman are four paintings from my Lifeworld series. The paintings will be on display through October 28th.
Art Slope started September 17 and runs through September 25. Read more about the event here.
The Lifeworld project continues, and I’ve recently published definitive photographs of the latest paintings in the series. Here they are:
So I’m making [slow] progress toward my goal of 108 Lifeworld paintings. To read more about the Lifeworld project, click here, and to see all the Lifeworld paintings completed so far, visit my flickr album here. As always, Lifeworld paintings are for sale. Contact me for more information.
My apologies – It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve posted a “featured painting.” Life has a way of happening.
But better late than never! This week I’m featuring Lifeworld 2, an intriguing work from 2012 — one of the very early pieces in my ongoing Lifeworld Series. Lifeworld 2 is now available in my Square store. I am offering free shipping anywhere in the United States. If you’re in the New York City area and would like to see the piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Lifeworlds is a long-range painting project I started in 2012. The project started initially out of a desire to explore the square format in painting. The inspiration for this was not Instagram as one might easily suppose, but the square format Landscape paintings of Gustav Klimt. I then chanced upon the evocative term “Lifeworld” in the philosophical writings of Edmund Husserl and from the confluence of these two streams the project was born.
Now, three years into the project, Lifeworlds continues to evolve and develop. I decided early on that I would continue to make square format paintings under the title of “Lifeworld” until I felt that I had exhausted the possibilities of the format entirely.
In reality, the possibilities of this form may never be exhausted. Therefore, I thought it best to put a cap on it: so the idea arose to work toward the completion of 108 paintings.
Why 108? Those who know me and have followed my work for a while will also know of my interest in Buddhism, and the influence it’s had on my work. 108 is the number of prayer beads in the Buddhist japa mala (a Buddhist rosary). The number is given various meanings in Buddhist cosmology and additionally simply refers to any proverbial big number in the same way that a “myriad” (literally Greek for “10,000”) has come to stand in for anything large and virtually uncountable. So, instead of making some infinite number of paintings, I will make 108 to represent that infinity.
Since one of the uses of a rosary or japa mala is to count repetitions of chants or prayers, a nice thing about the number 108 is that it emphasizes how the project becomes a kind of prayer or meditation on the artistic process, and on the artist’s relationship with his environment — what I’m calling a Lifeworld.
So, I see each Lifeworld as a snapshot of a particular state of mind formed when the artist encounters his subject. Although frequently quite abstract, each painting results from the process of observing my surroundings. The square is both the container for the composition and also one of its principal motifs.
As of this writing, the newest Lifeworld pieces are numbers 32, 33 and 34, all completed earlier this year. The precise imagery continues to evolve and shift, all the while remaining within the parameters of the project: square format and 20″ x 20″ (around 51cm2 — 50.8cm to be exact) in size.
A small note about the size: there are a couple of early Lifeworlds, numbers 5 and 7, that are actually 24×24″ (60cm2). I was still experimenting with the parameters at this stage; I may end up going back and redoing these to fit the program.
So a big project like this needs help, which leads me to …
How you can help:
A big project and entails certain tangible challenges to the artist (not to mention all the intangible challenges!), not least of which are the cost of materials, the cost of studio space (ever-increasing in New York City) and the potential storage costs (108 paintings take up a lot of space!).
So I’m reaching out to you — dear audience! There are several ways you can help:
1. Lifeworlds are for sale! Some have sold already. Prices currently run from $800 to $1,200 for each painting. If you would like to see or purchase a painting (or two or three), contact me. I do hope to mount an exhibition of all or a selection of the paintings in the future — and how cool would it be for you to have a painting that you own in a major retrospective of my work!
2.I accept tips, donations, contributions … etc. If you’re not up to purchasing a painting at the present time, you can also contribute any amount (no matter how small) toward the project through Venmo (the best! No fees for you or me!) or by clicking the paypal donate button below. The arts has always existed through the kind generosity of its patrons.
Wow, if you’ve read this far, I really appreciate your interest. A brief outline of the project (as well as some images) is available on my website, and all of the Lifeworlds can be viewed together on my flickr account. I’ll continue to post future developments here. Stay tuned!
The featured painting of the week is back after a short hiatus. This week we have “Bonsai in Bloom,” a painting in acrylic I created in 2010. The painting is 30 inches wide (about 76cm) and 24 inches tall (60cm). It is available for sale and is listed in my Square store. Of course, if you would like to see the painting in person, contact me and we’ll make a date!
I’ve added several pieces to my “Figureworks” collection in my Etsy store: works featuring the human form.
First up is an interesting painting I created mid-2010 (it seems like yesterday) titled “Lovesick Android.” Lovesick Android was composed with acrylic paint on wood panel. The gold and silver acrylic paints really stand out in an interesting way from the deep purple ground. This unusual metallic look inspired the Android part of the title; as for “lovesick,” it just seemed to fit his overall demeanor.
“Red” is a watercolor I created a few years ago. I’ve been meaning to get this into the Etsy store for quite some time.
This week’s featured painting fits this fine Spring week perfectly. “Pear tree – East 56th Street – Early Spring” was created in 2010, and was inspired by flowering pears I observed and photographed on East 56th Street in Manhattan.
This painting was created in acrylic on canvas. It measures 24 inches (60cm) tall by 30 inches (76cm) wide. This painting is for sale and I’ve listed it on my Square store. Enjoy, and have a great Spring!
Skandha 1 was created in 2013. Oil on canvas, it measures 24 inches (60cm) square. It is now available through my square store. If you’d like to see this magnificent painting in person, don’t hesitate to contact me!
What: Dirty Little Drawings is an exhibit and sale of erotic art featuring the male form. Each piece is on sale for $60. You can build or start your art collection while supporting living artists in New York and the Leslie-Loman Museum.
Where: Leslie-Loman Museum Project Space, 127B Prince Street, between Wooster and West Broadway, basement level (Soho, New York City, Prince Street stop on the R-train)
When: The opening reception is this Friday, March 27, from 6 to 8. A big turnout is expected. If you’re like me and not super-fond of crowds, you might like to come Saturday or Sunday. The show/sale will be open from noon to 6 on both Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.
This week’s featured painting is titled “Camperdown Pareidolia.” Completed late in 2010, this painting was a transitional piece between what I was doing throughout most of 2010 (for example Calamus I, completed in early 2010) and the sort of work I starting doing in 2011 and beyond.
“Camperdown Pareidolia” is 24″ (approx. 60cm) by 30″ (76cm) wide. This piece is “mixed media” on canvas and is noteworthy being composed largely with R&F oil pigment sticks.
The title of piece came about in a sort of unpremeditated way. The piece was inspired by the Camperdown Elm, a somewhat famous specimen tree in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, so that part’s a given. I showed it to a friend of mine who felt that she saw a figure in the painting, which is not there (at least not intentionally). She introduced me to the term pareidolia — a pyschological phenomenon where a random sense stimulus (image or sound) is perceived as significant. The classic example is seeing forms in clouds. This has since become one of my favorite words, even serving as the name of my tumblr blog!