During these years I had a studio as part of The National/International Studio Program at P. S. 1, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources in Long Island City, Queens, now called MoMA PS1. This long abandoned, derelict school building evoked dualities: Here/There, Presence/Absence, Inside/Outside, Entrance/Exit, Past/Present and Light/Dark. Combining self-portrait and landscape photography, diary excerpts and pencil drawing I explored these dichotomies.

In these paintings I was exploring concepts of infinite space and time, disappearance and continuation, change, return, and paring images down to their minimal essence. Concepts of shifting: up/down, left/right, forward/back, present/past/future are evoked.



My subject:  industrial factory and office buildings, barns and simple wood frame houses.  I liked that these were built for practical use and were unembellished. I pared these architectural forms down to a minimal essence.

 

In the two City Corp Diptychs I worked with sequence, repeating the same image, to convey a sense of continuation, return and change.  Empty panels in the City Corp Triptych convey continuation and disappearance.  For the same reason, the color in some paintings fades away until the hue is almost indiscernible.

 

Some of the paintings were elongated both vertically and horizontally (City Corp Diptych #2 and Three Garages Long Island City) to convey space and time going on and on.

 

Unstretched, Folded, 1994 – 2004

 

Many of these were done when I was travelling as a visiting or resident artist at various locations. I wanted to be able to easily transport paintings. I liked the irregularity of surface and edges and its relationship to the organic imagery of the landscape and animals.

 

Places reflected in these works include the Hudson Valley and Delaware regions of  upstate NY; my Stephen Barstow Residency at Central Michigan University; The Burren of County Clare, Ireland; Cill Rialaig Residency, County Kerry, Ireland; the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ireland; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA; Savannah, Georgia; Finland and other beautiful places.

 


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