I make a lot of work, some good and some that comes with problems. Actually they all come with problems. Problem solving is my main driving force. The cliché says if a hammer is your only tool than everything looks like a nail. Well, my problem is the wonderment that is life. It is very confusing. It is full of problems. My art is my analogy to living. Showing absolutely everything I make is confusing. All of them have loose ends, or (if you like) nails that have not been hammered in all the way. They dangle and stick out. I am trying to get all of them to sit flush so everything appears perfectly flat and nice, but this will never occur for most of them. I move on. I continue. More problems are made.
Yesterday's drawing took up less that half of my studio time. During the larger half I stretched a 60X60 inch canvas. It will be the mate to the painting Untitled Painting-03·19·2014, which dangles out there like many non-flush nails. The problem with showing absolutely everything is that so much incompleteness may bother you. It certainly bothers me. In this case I have invented a solution not-yet-taken (like a road "not-yet-taken"). The risk in showing you all of my work is the confusion that comes with it. However, I do not want to appear to be a "know it all" because I am not. Showing everything makes my lack of knowing clear to me and clear to you. I believe this is important. Recognizing that which is unknown is just as important as recognizing that which is known.
The far from finished painting, Untitled Painting-03·19·2014, will move closer to completeness when I begin to paint its mate on the identically sized canvas I stretched yesterday. Yesterday's drawing told me it is time to take a deep breathe before this next step. It is time for me to move slowly and deliberately. This is a warning to those of you who want me hammer those nails in more quickly. I am on edge, but I realize this call I am about to answer requires internalized deliberation.
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