Abstract Work Overview: Process Evolution and Post Analysis
Although the works were not painted in the order presented, for the purposes of this portfolio, I have ordered and categorized the pieces as follows: The work is divided into three primary groups: Vortices (Projects 2 -7), Manuscriptions (Project 3 - 9), and Hybrids (Project 10).
- Vortices (Projects 2-7):
- Vortex works are an exploration of circular forms and movement.
- Manuscriptions (Projects 3-9)
- Manuscriptions are a study of calligraphic mark making.
- Hybrids: (Project 10)
- Hybrids combine both Vortex and Manuscription characteristics.
Project 1 Description: Large Abstract 1
The first group of Abstract Paintings: Vortices progress from multi-color, large, loose, random, fluid, circular movements to more monochromatic, concrete, symbolic aggregations with multiplicity as a common motif. The effects are ornamental but organic. The paint flows and interacts naturally reflecting designs, processes, and patterns in nature both macro and micro: planets, stars, land masses, oceans, rivers, streams, light rays, subatomic particles, plants, trees, branches, clouds, sky, radiation, etc., with an emphasis on color and surface.
A burst of colorful sections and pieces that roll and ripple across the flat surface, this kaleidoscopic work demands closer inspection. Broken, salmon-colored bits distributed pell mell anchor and unify the flotsam and jetsam that clusters and clamors on top pushing and pulling for space.
Dense, white, ribboned sections curl and fold creating small sovereign cracked, crusted, and cratered tessellations streaked with bands of color that shelter super abundant colonies of thriving, tiny, fragile organic cell-like forms decorated with cilia, protected with outer walls and full of mysterious, translucent inner bodies.
Smears of rainbow colors and ornate mosaic sections evoke organic patterned bird and insect wings, opalescent fish scales, horny turtle shells, and snake and reptile skin. The dark edges nurture and insulate sentient forms: new life clamors to join the active pulsing center, a swirl of chaos rotating windmill-like around and emanating outward from the planar surface in an energetic rush of color and movement, seeking to push past the world’s edge of the painting’s sides.
Plain, empty, bright yellow and white forms suspended throughout provide some rest spots for the eyes. Dense, phallic, blood red offshoots spike through the fructuous mix racing rocketlike outward. Minuscule forms with weight, purpose, and direction congregate and spin out in different groups, racing to find their proper place in the turbulent mix.