the anti gallery
P.O. Box 895 New York, NY 10274 212-363-2668 914-767-0265/64
"The Wildlife on Saturn"
"Music From the Moon #2"
"Music From the Moon #1"
"You Can Never Have Too Many Shoes"
Artist Statement............................................."Embracing The Unexpected"
Much of what we find exciting in the arts, music, painting, literature--is often the result of a happy accident. A chance musical passage; an unplanned mixture of color; an accidental turn of phrase.
In my case, the Unexpected occurs because of the treatment of my material. Beginning each piece with an unblemished sheet of thin high grade metal, I treat the surface with a mixture of natural acids and oils, and leave the sheets in an open shed for up to a year. Slowly and gently. The elements of nature--wind and moisture--bring out unexpected swirls, patinas, and fascinating patterns.
After selecting these sheets for their patterns and designs, I take advantage of the unexpected by spot painting them with enamel and metal dyes.
Regarding my approach, I rounded-out my art education in New York, where I studied with several of the founders of the legendaryAbstract-Expressionist Movement: Motherwell, Baziotes and deKooning. My love for Baroque Art, However, had been alive in me from and early age. As my work progressed, I refined what has become my signature style--Baroque Expressionism--wherein I mesh the swirling curves of the Baroque with the stark dynamics of Expressionism.
Finally, I draw inspiration for my two and three dimensional pieces from the magic and majestry of the cosmos and the positive energies we all derive from the universe. Many of my other pieces contain references to life forms and nature here on Earth, as well as an array of poetic visual images.
For me, this continuing creative exploration has been a quest to let the viewers of my work know that embracing the Unexpected can be revealing and exciting.