New Artist's Statement: July 28, 2012
For more than twenty years I have been making paintings that communicate a very specific political, social and environmental message via visual, verbal and mathematical abstractions.* These paintings only - look - representational.
I always meant to muddy the distinction between "abstraction and representation, to blur the line as it were, because the distinction itself is a false one and it perpetuates a widespread and persistent misconception.
It has been said of me that I am "balance on the line" between abstraction and representation.** But it is after all, widely recognized that a painting may be more, or less, abstract or representational. and so, in response, I offer this insight:
"The line" runs horizontally. Uniting the two polar extremes, rather than vertically dividing them:
A painter may position his work anywhere along that line. And I feel freer than ever to trip lightly back and forth between the two extremes like a tight rope walker feigning danger in order to tantalize his audience.
* verbal and visual metaphors that liken to reality without representing it. And Mathematical systems such as linear perspective and the
golden mean which, as branches of mathematics, are inherently abstract.
** see Stanley Grand's catalog essay: "Balanced on the Line" exhibition catalog: "Ronald V. Clayton The Choson Series" 2002, Southeast Missouri State University.
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Outrigger Manitou Fernando's Dream Vitae et Super Terram
Ripariana Riparius Ripa La Salle Remnant