ARTIST STATEMENT: The Climate In New York, 1972 till present
The state of mind I aspire to in art is an argument and a romance, lured by the subject itself. Admittedly this approach is naÃ¯ve- defined by a kind of cockeyed optimism in the language of painting - (and hopefully oneâ€™s ability to master and create surprising moments in it). In 1969 some of my peers believed in their chances to activate a canvas, to avoid stagnant forms. By â€œactivateâ€ I mean to manipulate and use the tools of color and line- to invent layered possibilities. There was high drama and some jargon, part American, part European. Traditions were to be left behind but how? The notions â€œthe unconsciousâ€ and â€œauto suggestion,â€ or the famous â€œarenaâ€ is inherited from the legends of the New York School (Kline, De Kooning and Gorky)- the new heroes of painting- who were large in memory- doing something new and different from the painter kings of Paris. This is how I was influenced to think, about how painters should take an interest in their â€œsubject,â€ as a point of departure. For me Knox Martin was the lead exponent of this view.