Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Paintings

  "Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience:A Reevaluation" by Irving Sandler, from 2009, is the author's second book on abstract expressionism. The first book Sandler wrote in 1970 when he published "The Triumph of American Painting." He worked on it for twenty some years. Lee Krasner was omitted the first time, but is included in the new book(she's the only woman included-grrr). The following is a passage that I like.

"The advanced New York painters made use of accidental drawing and painting, but they recognize that reflection and critical appraisal were required to invest a painting with a sense of emotional truth and a cogent pictorial structure. Actually their painting was more improvisational than spontaneous."     Irving Sandler

Spontaneous means visceral. To improvise means to devise.

The following paintings are still referring to elements in the city; building sites, subway and train stations, scaffolding, disgarded tires. My mentor suggested that I look at colors from photographs I have taken. I did this and also have been using imagery from the internet and newspapers. I am thinking about how shaky everything is these days, from the toppled Italian prime minister (yes!), to dramatic climate changes (floods in Liguria, at the Cinque Terre) and the toxic waste problem that plagues southern Italy and elsewhere. There was a small photograph of a river of garbage in the paper that found its way into "A Napoli"(In Naples).
acrylic, spray paint on canvas 100x60cm title: Escalating







acrylic, spray paint on linen 40x50cm untitled
acrylic on linen 40x50cm untitled
acrylic on linen 40x50cm untitled

acrylic on linen 130x100 cm title:A Napoli (this refers to a river of garbage that overflowed during recent heavy rain). There is a huge toxic refuse problem in Naples.  

acrylic on canvas 120x120cm title: M 

acrylic on canvas 130x130cm title:Bolted

130x130cm acrylic on canvas title: Toxic Towne

acrylic, spray paint on canvas title: Tires

acrylic ,spray paint on linen 100x130cm title:Skeleton

130x100 acrylic on linen title: Infinity Tires

1 comment:

  1. beautiful! i love the layers with spray paint. and the color. (esp. tires and skeleton) look forward to seeing them in january!

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