Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Starting to muse about an abstract drawing can 'open a can of worms.' Well, metaphorically anyway. As a line rambles across the paper, new vistas emerge. New forms. New directions. Leading to a new perception, delicately balancing on the periphery of the work, then retreating and returning to a previously recorded area.
Monolithic, a brain-like mass, a homage to brain power and the epic achievements of man. Still, desertification of once fertile areas, continue its relentless trek. Can brain-power be used to create artificial lakes in the desert? Many predict water will become our most precious commodity. Can the engineers start creating the artificial lakes, fed by rivers that pour their resources into the sea. Save the earth, save the people, create artificial lakes in the desert.
Using a ball-point pen, later switching to pen and ink, adding touches of pastel, building the form, a sinewy mass, waiting to be sculpted. Acrylic paint provide the aqueous ground that cements the monolithic structure. A new structure emerges. The experiment continues...
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
The abstract drawing "Motion Denied" was a visual play on words. Motion restricted in a confined space or perhaps a refusal to grant bail in a criminal case. This charcoal abstract drawing tried to depict a struggle to burst free from confinement, restrictions and conformity.
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Monday, February 8, 2010
Sometimes leaving an area is not a properly controlled activity, getting the moving van, leisurely loading your furniture and memorabilia and driving off into the sunset. There are many stories of forced departure, hurriedly leaving an area due to threats, Just enough time to grab what's at hand and leave, never to return.
These thoughts were uppermost in my mind, having read a news report, of an exodus on a particular street.
The drawing was not an attempt to depict a narrative. But letting the mind wander and the pen following the dictates of the mind.
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Four Abstract Drawings - Inflated forms, Interstices, Isolated and Le Danse. In the late 90's while experimenting with intuitive lines, these abstract works came to fruition. These are pen line drawings with acrylic wash, and pastels on paper.
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Monday, February 1, 2010
Although warned by his father, Daedalus, not to fly too near to the sun, Icarus ignored the warning. Perhaps, it was the joy of flying, the great escape, the freedom, at last, from exile in Crete.
Daedalus, a fine craftsman, the story goes, was imprisoned by King Minos for whom he had built the Labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur. (Half man, half Bull). To escape, according to Greek Mythology, he carefully fashioned two pairs of wings, one for his son and one for himself. He spent a long time studying the flight of birds and the design of their wings. He built his wings out of feathers and wax. The design and construction worked.
Before the day of the escape, Daedalus warned his son Icarus, not to fly too close to the sun or too close to the sea. Whether by sheer euphoria, teenage zest for a thrill or he simply forgot the warning, With no altimeter to indicate the altitude, Icarus flew too close to the sun. Predictably, the wax melted, the feathers dropped out of the wings, he flapped harder, to no avail, soon he started falling and plunged to his death in the sea. Today, hang gliding, gliding, parachuting, kites and other variations have replaced feathers and wax. But thrill seekers must be careful.
Here are a few pieces of art on paper, in mixed media, I created, in the 90's, while reflecting on the myth. Other examples in this series can be found at-