March 25, 2015

My current art-making cycle began in late 2013, coincidental with the death of my mother. My grief and gratitude generated enormous creative drive, which became a way out of despair and back into joy. I was drawn to the visual possibilities inherent in my simple "photo-shopping" software, Adobe Elements. Unlike canvas or paper, it has undo and redo. It has save, save as, and delete. What if I darken this shape? Or lighten it? What if I increase the color saturation? Rotate it? Flip it? Yes? No? There are virtually infinite colors. Possibilities for variations grow exponentially. Aesthetic decisions abound! Series give birth to more series. Some individual pieces stand out and are pulled aside for further consideration.

Over time, through practice, I have been learning the particulars of my software and printer. As sometimes happens when learning a new skill, there came a point when the tools and procedures became transparent. I have been experiencing and enjoying the flow. It's exciting to learn a new way to make images. It's exciting to frame them and show them.

I have long been thrilled by the geometric, volumetric paintings of Fernand Leger. Edges, volumes, layers, gradients, ambiguity, colors, shapely negative space. All things that I love. There is no formula or system that I have been able to discover to pull all of these favorite elements into one composition with predictable results. I use trial and error, revision and refinement. I pull the background into the foreground. I zoom out, and I zoom way in. I try out different colors and croppings. I embark into the unknown and keep going until the image feels complete.

Wayfinding is finding my way:
to achieve dynamic balance.
to express complex spatial ideas.
to represent spatial ambiguity.
to turn ambiguity into a dynamic experience.
to use the full range of color.
to use the 4 edges of the paper.
to invite multiple understandings of a composition.

The kind of work I am currently doing falls into a curious category. To some, it is primarily designated as Digital Art, a subset of "Art." Several shows and exhibitions I have applied to have not included or allowed digital art for consideration. To my way of thinking, my pieces are prints the "plates" for these prints are digital files. They are signed, dated, numbered, and authenticated in limited editions of 100. To me, they look like lithographs.