Technically, I am interested in form, shape, depth & materiality, and I am constantly experimenting and exploring, mixing and re-mixing various motifs and media, attempting to understand those Ur relationships that structure our understanding of the world, visual, visceral: between figure and ground, subject and object, consciousness and reality, sex and love and death and beauty. I work in cycles and series and projects, often several concurrently, compulsively, relentlessly, trying to understand. They call it a practice.
It is the passing that I try to cultivate, the happening of a painting, a sensitivity to the magic of it's appearance, the music comes through me. But there are always negotiations, and so much labor, and guessing, and questioning of intentions: fundamentally though, my art is how I try to handle my mistakes, how I deal with pain and loss and memory, and try to make beauty from that.
What interests me about painting in particular, as a medium, is the way it mimmics life: when you are painting, at each moment there are infinity amount of distinct marks you can make, a limitless variety, each move unique, existentially significant. You can't ever make the same marks twice, and you can't really ever un-make a mark. Everything is present, then, in the end, but it is subsumed by the whole, by the gestalt. It is the tension between the incident and the overall form that I have learned to enjoy. I think painting is about the idea of freedom. I think I always say that.
I feel that as an "artist", what I try to do as my job, is to constantly be looking for the New Word, casting about, trying to catch lightening in a bottle, imagining the ways forward, basically just making things that look amazing. I want them to jump out at you, and then to draw you in.
Art is about apprehension; the energy is the thing. I like to think my pictures are conduits for mystical energy, attentiveness; "batteries of attention" are what my friend Thomas Haag calls them, meaning that functionally, they hold space for imagination to occur in the viewer. They are dream machines.
I think of my pictures primarily as American.
They are a form of dance, I think.
JQ, November 19th, 2013