When I began preparing this show over a year ago I knew it would be all about faces, but wondered how “individual” I wanted the individual faces to be. Similarities would per force be the greatest for the faces crammed together in a single work, experiencing the same event or moment. But I’ve worked to let each face remain a separate being even in the group pieces, which happen to be the show’s larger pieces (Face Front, Mind Share, Fast Forward, and Rewind) and its smaller ones (Face Print and Faces in the Abstract). I’ve also let each individual face in the show take on its own tone and energy through varying degrees of abstraction, or the pounding or muting of color, fire, electricity and motion. I’ve enjoyed exploding further here the idea of faces in rows, present for the groups above and also, by their side-by-side hanging, the Wise Man series of five faces. The show also provides an opportunity for me to explore further my interest in faces in a grids (or forces into an arrangement) by hanging together the nine faces of the Structure series in three rows/columns. So, yes, rows and the grid are back.
Each piece in the show is a monotype, meaning it’s an original, one of kind, single transfer to paper of an image I first painted on a flat surface ( e.g., plastic, glass, or metal) in colored ink or acrylic. The result of the transfer is a reversal of the image as originally painted, as well as effects that depend on the thickness of the paint being transferred and the pressure applied to cause the transfer.
Final Notes: although hung together and similarly titled, each piece in the Structure and Wise Man series is a separate work and each is intended to be suitable for pairing with any of the other single face pieces in the show. Further, the gallery has available several of my pieces that are not currently on display and images of other of my available works.