February 8th, 2010

primal swoons

W and I talk a lot about the paintings we're working on, the progress we're making, the challenges we're facing and the things we're discovering. One of the problems I've faced with my work is the fact that because it's pure abstraction there's no real deeper meaning to them. In W's work, a blob of color isn't just a blob of color... on closer inspection, if you look at the piece long enough, you might discover that it is in fact a crude representation of an island, or that a scribble in the corner is actually a hand grenade. And the painting would take on a whole new meaning for you. Even if you don't "get it" you will sense that there is more to the piece than meets the eye. And that's how the best abstractions are – they're rooted in reality.

In my work, I just haven't gotten there yet. I feel like I'm still building my alphabet, and I'm just not ready to start forming words and stringing together sentences. I'll get there, but right now I'm still learning how to work with paint and pushing the limits of what I can do with it. Only once I've built up my paint vocabulary will I be able to pen great stories. For now they're more like primal grunts swoons and screams, but they will evolve. It will just take time and patience.