My recent works on paper, canvas and wood can be thought of as two strains
of thought . They are for me divergent expressions of a surreal and neo abstract
expressionism. These works are odd portraits and still lives which, explore compounds, naturalistic flora forms, organic building blocks, and which hint at Giotto, Albert Pinkham Ryder,
and cinematic perspectives.
These two strains / series : Knots with Flora and Fauna & Inclement Portraits.
Knots with Flora and Fauna originate from mystical modes - by which, all cultures have used
knots to ward off evil in practical and metaphysical ways. Knots are as primal as images
of snakes, and for me, an entry point into that unknown - that allusion to physical and mental landscapes via the suggestive nature of lines. Within these drawings and paintings I
graft flora and fauna - as an allusion to the unexpected variety with which Nature surprises us
with whimsy. These works are also exercises in gazing, and random optical and literal layering
of practical forms and a mixed bag of materials.
The Knot drawings / paintings also take inspiration from John Cage’s notion of chance operation. I graph drawings with the numbers one through six horizontally and vertically. I roll a green dice and choose from 6 drawings of 6 chosen knots. Then I roll a red dice for a horizontal number and I roll a white dice for a vertical side of the paper. And I follow the same actions with some kind of flora and fauna.
The Inclement Portraits are drawings and paintings on wood which, feature unsettling faces against Italian portico like backgrounds. Courtyards set against unnatural blackness. Each wooden portrait’s right side cut on slight inward angles. Within these angled areas circular or oval shapes washed in blues and reds. Deep in the backgrounds: twin tornadoes , meteor showers, lightning and hail storms brew. Birds scatter and Albino stags gawk.
All of my works are water based, tempera mixed media, laced with DNA: Gouache, watercolor, tempera, charcoal , graphite, acrylic , pencil, crayon, papers, parchment, velum, corporate checks, glue, and saliva.
Loui Terrier - 2015
Untitled (Pigtail) 2012 June Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on canvas From the Knots and Flora Series.
Untitled(Triad) 2012 June Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on canvas
Untitled (Cuckoo) 2012 June Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on canvas From the Knots and Flora Series.
Knots for Gisi 2011 Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on canvas From the Knots and Flora Series.
Untitled(Triad prep drawing) 2012 June Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on paper A prep drawing for the Triad painting.
Untitled (gold and pink sessile) 2012 June Acrylic, Saliva, watercolor,pencil on paper A drawing from the Knots and Flora series.
Untitled (4 straddles 6)) 2012 / June Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on paper
Untitled (Dutchman and Cobra) 2012 / June Acrylic, Saliva, Pencil on paper From the Knots and Flora series.
Untitled (Broken) 2010-2011 Acrylic, watercolor, saliva, pencil - on hand made paper on corporate checks A study for the Knots and Flora series.
Untitled (Trinity) 2010-12 Acrylic, watercolor, saliva, pencil on corporate checks A drawing that is apart of the Knots and Flora series.
RWF at Issue Project Room 2011 Acrylic on canvas, hooks, Heavy duty fishing line. A still from the performance of RWF: A Historical Person - A Song Play by Gisburg... at the Vox Festival at Issue Project Room.
RWF: A Historical person 2011 Acrylic on canvas The first of 4 hanging paintings / backdrops for Gisburg's RWF: A Historical Person _ A Song Play. Featured at the Vox Festival at Issue Project Room in 2011.
After Fox and His Friends. 2011 Acrylic on canvas The second of 4 for the set of Gisburg's RWF: A Historical Person - A Song Play.
The RAF Ripple... 2011 Acrylic on canvas The third of 4 paintings for the set of Gisburg's RWF: A Historical Person-A Song Play
RWF Loves Meat: After 13 Moons 2011 Acrylic on canvas The fourth hanging painting for the set of RWF: A Historical Person-A Song Play by Gisburg.
Squall Portrait 2010-2011 Acrylic, Saliva, watercolor,pencil on paper From the Inclement Portrait series.
Glare and Haze portrait 2010-2011 Collage, Watercolor, Saliva, and pencil on paper
Fog Portrait 2009-10 Acrylic, Saliva, Charcoal, Pencil on paper Original drawing from the early Inclement Portraits
Whiteout Tenor 2009-10 India ink, House paint, watercolor, charcoal on paper
Blind Fortune Teller 2009-11 Acrylic, Saliva, watercolor,pencil on paper