Painted Word...

 A few year ago, I painted words onto an old suitcase…

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The phrase “curious evidence” became the theme for my 2012 exhibition at Artspace Buffalo Gallery. The words refer to my view that visual art is form of evidence in the art practice of an individual artist.

There is a long history of language in art…

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This is not a pipe, the painting from 1929 by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was an early example of the 20th Century movement to use words with  picture, a form that was later popularized by the pop artists of the 1960s.

Yoko Ono presented her conceptual approach to contemporary artmaking with five remedies:

1) Remove all classic fine art materials.

2) Remove the need for imagery.

3) Reduce the scale of the work.

4) Require audience participation.

5) Reinvest in language.

I became interested by the reinvestment in language enacted by post-modern and neo-expressionist artists of the 1980s, such as Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Although I appreciate painting for its nonverbal impact, I am also drawn to poetic language, stories, picture books, and advertising so words and text enter into my art practice fairly often. I recall using some text in a lithograph that I made in a college printmaking class, but it was another ten or fifteen years before I began intentionally playing around with found images and words from print media and painted words while working in Manhattan during the 1980s…

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 1990s while working in Denver…

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Others from the early 2000s while still residing in Denver….

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Back in Buffalo, I made work for an exhibition and event called Not Just Words…

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I have continued to incorporate words into paintings during the last couple years…

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Weight of Words I and II seemed to urged me to disband with text altogether…

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And I have had less interest in that until these these doodles emerged…

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I made this version for the Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center Mid-Winter Drawing Rally…

March 2016


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