January 24 – February 28
January 24 - February 28, 2014
I consider all of the traditional aspects of painting as necessary parts of something to include or reject. It has always been easier for me to think about these aspects in the same way a composer might think about musical notes. So I consider that the amount of realism or abstraction that I allow to be part of the painting or the amount of paint I use, or the color, mark and shape relationships, as something necessary to serve a primary idea. It is often difficult to recognize and stay with context because the idea is most likely fluid. Realism becomes a problem of historic references and conceptual banality. Abstraction becomes a problem of historic references and can easily become a decorative wasteland.
The people I paint are usually in a public setting but in a condition of privacy, so I think that makes the experience somewhat voyeuristic. The Paintings from Queens come from one of the recent annual Colombian Festivals. I am from Illinois and my wife is from Bogota, Colombia. We have shared the beauty of cultural differences for the past several years. The paintings that originated in Queens are for me, part of that sharing.
Curated by Mark Roth