Yesterday I delivered the last of the paintings to Circa Gallery
for my show there that opens next week. Here are 2 small paintings that will be in the show. I chose to post them here because, although they're the same size and dimensions (12" square)and both have a lot of blue, they're very different from one another. The fact that they are so different illustrates something about how I think about exhibiting, and also about my working process.
(The dictionary says that process
is "a series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result," or "progress; passage." Such a handy word!)
I regard the work in this or any of my exhibits as just a point on the continuum of what came before and what will follow, a snapshot of the process. It's not like a book, with a clear beginning, ending and central theme--for me, the overall process of growth and change is too important to be broken into neat chapters. I'm usually pursuing a number of ideas, and working on five or six paintings at the same time. Fortunately, because I'm usually drawn to a certain format or range of colors for an extended period, there is usually something that pulls the work together as a group when an exhibit rolls around.
Individual paintings are pretty unpredictable though. Because each one is developed intuitively, at any point it can take a sharp turn and a new path. That's what happened in the two paintings posted here. Both began in a very similar way, with shades of blue applied to the panel. I think I had some idea that they would be a "pair" (such ideas generally fall by the wayside pretty quickly.) The one on the left evolved into an abstract, opaque image, while the one on the right veered towards a watery image, with shimmering layers of white and turquoise. Neither idea was preconceived; both emerged according to the individual process.
Of course I'm not talking about complete randomness--a lot of consideration goes into my work, and all of it comes out my particular visual vocabulary and aesthetic. But I try to always trust in the process, and not limit the possibilities. The surprising results keep me very entertained.