The Wheel and the Zero, at Your Service

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Page 1: The Interface Paintings

2011
Dimensions: 90 by 90 cm, framed.
Media: Paint on wood panel.

A conscious effort won’t work for the task at hand. “What task are you talking about?” “Curiously enough, the most difficult ones, the ones that just won’t give way, get out of the way—like the digit one before the zero, or this square at the service of a wheel.” In effect, only a welling up of some thing, some insight, from the realm of the unconscious is susceptible to break through and do the trick.

The strong compositional structure that I strive for in my work is due to my desire to discover something fundamental (elements, forms and/or processes) rather than to pursue images, abstract or representational, where one has an “incalculable” number of visual components in the image in such a way that no single component or even number of them is critical to the final composition or—and this is regrettable whether it be committed in abstract or representational work—pursue images in which one moves the paint around—for all intents and purposes—aimlessly until there is a satisfiable harmony whereby one self approvingly declares a work well done and complete. In these situations, no fundamental scheme or pattern is discovered.

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