The Honesty of Black & White

09.24.15

Street Jig, 2015, 29 x 22", Casein on Paper

Within the last year, more predominantly, I've been enamored by the embrace of black & white for its grace, transcendence and naked honesty. There is nowhere to hide in the reduction of color, no subjective leanings in associations with hue both in creator or viewer, just push and pull with elegance of mark. When color is reduced there is a starkness of intent. Often when there is a need to refresh the creative process, I strip back to the elemental. It is a sort of purification and restart that realigns priorities.
Borderland, 2015, 24 x 32", Oil on Linen

Borderland, 2015, 24 x 32", Oil on Linen

Both monotypes and casein works on paper, provide this quality and often the influence is seen in the oils. The immediacy of marks made on paper has always influenced the oils, but there seems to be a new fever towards reduction. The added quality of geometry, which counterbalances organic marks is engendered by the use of non traditional tools which provide a counterbalance of unpredictable control. Art should always be a study in counterpoint and irony. This is where the mystery lives.

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