2007-2009: breaking spaces paintings
Oil paintings on panel and canvas.
Animus: that which moves matter. Will.
This work is about origination. About movement, and beginning to move, and how it continues. There is anxiety, living in a late age,
a feeling as if it may stop.
Do we think or feel our way away from the doom,
reason and act? React? Or submit?
Painting for me is an action against the doom.
Much like that can go into madness. It is a vain and brutal thing to do, actually, paint. In some respects.
I happen to work across a variety of media, following a trail of accidents waiting to happen, I like their smell. I like failure. It is beautiful and triumphant to me.
These works fail, and are about failure. But that is the beautiful thing.
These works triumph, and are about compassion.
These works I made with my hands and my heart and my mind, at 1582 MacArthur Blvd, in Oakland, Ca, in 2008-2009, C.A. while busy conducting my mixed media experiments, exploring the aspect of painting that realizes the figure is created from the ground...a parallel with understandings that consciousness is a creator, and not just a subject of, reality, that "reality" is a matrix of energy, and thus borders between entities can only be understood as fundamentally shifting, amorphous, contingent spaces...
the moments of imagery evoke mythical, mystical and religious figures and narratives and...these are my attempts to take all the tragedy, madness and chaos of both history and personal experience and make something beautiful of it...prayers, really....