Oil on Canvas, 36 in by 24 in, 2010
Lost papers (and urban plans) is an homage to the fiasco that began as Boston’s Big Dig. Imagine an animus arising from the urban Chaos created from all that digging, perhaps unearthed to … gobble up all of the paperwork and plans. That explains everything in the Hub for the past decade or so, right?
This painting is a variation on ways to combine the very graphic dark lines and jewel toned colors of some of my recent abstracts with the detailed clashing colors of my geometric color field inspired work.
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. A geometric pattern in dark tarry impasto lines suggests buildings and a city at a street level view with significant distortions in perspective. Washes of jewel toned color set off the linear pattern, but are offset to create clashing regions of space. Tiny squares bring the wash areas together while at the same time creating intense juxtapositions of color. The effect is sometimes harmonious, sometimes musical, and sometimes shocking and jarring reflecting the colors of street life. The title refers to the overall urban plan of the painting, the fact that plans on paper rarely predict the reality of the built environment (at least not in my city), and the idea of life on the edge of chaos as jarring yet invigorating.
One of a series of paintings addressing scientific imagery as metaphorical visual information. Through a change of context, these paintings (and drawings) explore an communicate the experiential aspects of investigation and discovery. By providing an alternative abstracted depiction of worlds an ideas that cannot be directly seen, a connection is built to the everyday world of objects.