May 28, 2005

"haiku brief"


graphite on paper
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May 21, 2005



graphite on paper
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May 13, 2005



graphite on paper
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May 11, 2005

Chris Ofili Ought To Have A Blog

The Studio Museum in Harlem is hosting the revealing exhibition of a previously unknown body of work from the artist, Chris Ofili (the same artist a certain Mayor of New York infamously railed against for "The Holy Virgin Mary," a painting that featured elephant dung).

The NYTimes:

For 10 years now, Mr. Ofili has been making watercolors, each about 91⁄2 by 61⁄2 inches and produced in a single sitting. Predominantly heads of men and women, as well as some studies of flowers and birds, they are his way of unlocking ideas that may eventually become full-blown paintings.

He makes these intimate, resolved paintings as part of his preparatory routine nearly everyday. This is one blog-ready artist.

Posted by mark at 04:09 AM

May 07, 2005

"slx_canvas_part3" DV


Continuing the process video... click here for the third installment of the current canvas as it nears completion. (Quicktime 4.9MB)

Roundabout halfway through this video segment, you’ll notice the shift to much smaller brushes and painting going on in a far more detailed manner than anything prior. This shift addresses my fascination with a compelling and fundamental painting convention.

One decision a painter makes is the range of brush size he or she is going to use. This decision, in conjunction with the brush sizes’ proportional relationship to the size of the canvas, determines the detail or focus each canvas offers the human eye.

As a thought experiment, consider Vermeer and de Kooning exchanging their brushes while everything else about their work remains constant.

The eye, of course, can focus across scales, perceiving one moment in a gestalt manner, scrutinizing the smallest details in the next, conflating one with the other.

One of my long-term fascinations has been to create paintings that represent this aspect of our perception of the world.

To view the first and second installments of the canvas’s development click here and here, respectively.

Posted by mark at 05:31 PM

May 05, 2005

"for all"


graphite on paper
Posted by mark at 04:31 AM

May 01, 2005

April's Acrylic Palettes


Posted by mark at 04:20 PM