TURNING THE PAGE// end of a series

171 Yellow Cars #3, 2008, 12 x 12 x 2.5 inches, 2008, acrylic on panel

In December 2007, I started a new series I called The Paradise Project*. For a year and a half, I worked almost solely on this, the only exception being commissions and teaching assignments. The project didn't have a completion deadline because I don't normally do series that way. (Which leaves me wondering, what would happen with future work if I did assign a time frame? Food for thought...) In other words, this series was to progress until I deemed it complete; until it was a solid, cohesive body of work; until the ideas played out; until I grew restless and other ideas developed. What has happened is all of the above. The project has lived a full life, so to speak. It's complete. I'm proud of The Paradise Project, which consists of almost 60 paintings on canvas, panel, or both.

After finishing what was to be the last painting of the project, I took a step back. Suddenly, my work was asking to be put on hold. I took this as a sign of many things, including the end of The Paradise Project. So I gave myself a studio sabbatical which lasted more than two months. I read. I wrote. I traveled. And I thought deeply about my work's direction and what was to come next.

I've slowly begun to work in the studio again, which for now, involves two new series on paper called Fluidity and Cognitions. I'll discuss those on future posts.

*THE PARADISE PROJECT is a referential body of work I created from 2007 to 2009, alluding to escapism, perception and longing. The name of the series is basically a wry comment on preconceived notions of ideals and the disillusionment that follows when reality doesn't measure up to expectations.
In titling the paintings, I used surf lingo and tropical references as metaphors.
The Paradise Project is divided into three groups but one recurring element is saturated color. In each of these groups, either the painting is an image (The Monochromes); it contains an image (The Shapes); or both (The Block Paintings).

THE MONOCHROMES are made from multiple paint layers of a single hue, with subtle nuances- uneven ridges, shapes or patterns left during the application process, or in the medium as it dries; areas of thick and thin paint; and varying degrees of color saturation.

Impact Zone 2 (The Monochromes), 2008, 6 x 6 x 2 inches, oil on panel

THE SHAPES are comprised of schematic color contrasts forming lines, blobs, squares and biomorphic shapes. The brushwork is informal, as evident in the uneven edges and drips.
Positive and negative space, figure and ground, are equally resonant.

Line Up (The Shapes), 2009, 24 x 28 x 1 inch, oil on panel

are composed from small monochrome paintings attached to larger painted panels with cradled sides. As three-dimensional works, the Block Paintings are rather like sculptures- blocks of lush, vibrant hues.

Intoxication 3 (The Block Paintings), 2009, 10 x 8.5 x 2.5 inches, acrylic on canvas and panel


UnoCosa said...

i remember, everytime when you talked about the tropical weather and the boat, as mentioned in your comment, i always wondered what happened and how you life ended in such a paradise of ocean, sun, beach and active life style .. to me, that would be the quintessential state of freedom - to live in nature without loosing in touch with the world!

that be said, reading this post kindly gave me a sense of what happened and what you were looking for at the moment! and i am so very happy you started to paint and work again! i am sure, now, with much contemplations, it is time for another push to merge our imagination with reality ... btw: what a definition you gave to the title ... i could never be able to verbalize my idea so well ....

as always, thanks for sharing! always a pleasure to visit this site, xx

The Photodiarist said...

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