Saturday, July 2, 2011

California Studio - the 'Desert Hut'




This is an interior shot of my studio in Twentynine Palms, California, known as the 'Desert Hut'.

The painting on the right is 'Competition', the painting on the left is a portrait with a series of other canvases that are stapled to the wall beneath it.

When working like this, the painting on top leaves a residue on the painting directly under it. Architects often speak of the notion of palimpsest, where an aspect of the city or a previous building are left as a residual element in a new architectural construction. Extending this concept to painting, I'm discovering similar possibilities with the stacking and subsequent removal of paintings stapled directly to the wall one atop another.

This image can give you a sense of the various scales of work that I'm engaged in developing, ranging from small sketches to what I would call mid-sized canvases.
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