A joint exhibit with Ripley Whiteside at the Durham Art Guild, 2011. With a minimalist aesthetic, this work emphasizes gesture. The exhibit also included layered translucent sheets of synthetic paper.
Returning to Tao, 25x38" each, acrylic and varnished graphite on synthetic papers, 2011
Coming from Tao, each sheet of paper is 25 x 38" acrylic on synthetic papers, 2011
This solo exhibition was presented at The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC in June, 2011 "Floating World" is a translation of the Japanese "Ukiyo-e" which describes woodblock prints of the 17th – 20th centuries. These Japanese prints depicted the "Floating World" that we experience in our fleeting lifetime and the ephemeral pleasures of the here and now. "Floating World" also describes this exhibit of work-on-paper because the art has escaped the frame. A frame captures and contains, creating a little window to another world where rules of perspective govern all within. Here, art floats on the walls and in the air. These biomorphic forms seem to be in the process of freeing themselves from the picture plane.
Floating World, 38x100", varnished graphite, 2008
Life Force, 38x50", varnished graphite on synthetic paper, 2011
Beings -- Vessels for the Life Force 70x23" each, varnished graphite on translucent synthetic paper, 2011
Returning to Tao
The Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois hosted this 2007 solo exhibit. These mixed media pieces were from the first body of work that was made using varnished graphite and acrylic paint on synthetic paper. They were also the first pieces that were cut out from the picture plane to be placed directly on the wall and suspended from the ceiling. From 2003 to 2008 I was privileged to study with Preston Jackson and to participate in the community of artists at the Contemporary Art Center.
Bodhisattva collage cut-out 40x30", acylic and varnished graphite on synthetic paper