During my recent solo show at One Brooklyn Bridge Park I received one comment, over and over. Viewers wanted more verbal information regarding my paintings. I have been reluctant to give titles. My works appear as acts of visual creation without preconception. However, as I work I do feel stuff, e.g., I began the painting shown today with a feeling I was out of touch with my deepest instincts. I had been absent from the studio because of my New York City exhibition. I was aware of my distinct feelings and emotions. This painting, 2018 No.2, was me asking myself about the sanity within the research activity that is art-making. Art making is an act of faith. I fly into it with wonder. If I went ahead, took action, painted, I would feel a bit crazy, not intellectually grounded. This was a result of the distance between myself and my last act of painting (nearly a month ago). Being sane I knew I had to make art in order to re-discover the reality-gap I had lost. This is Catch-22.
I am going to make an effort to continue this, as part of my process. After all, the ultimate goal in making-art is self-understanding.
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