August 26 - October 2, 2011 Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica
I was selected to participate in Sanchez Art Center's third annual 50-50 Show. As an accepted artist, one of nearly 70, I created 50 small works (6 x 6") over the course of 50 days using my chosen theme: "Life in all its Fullness: Embracing the Full Catastrophe."
Production began June 13 and ended August 1. Serving as juror was DeWitt Cheng, noted art writer, educator, artist, collector, and curator based in San Francisco.
Click here to see a slideshow of the 50 pieces. Or, download a pdf of the images. Read an article from the Mercury News about the show.
"Am I not a man? And is not a man stupid? I’m a man. So I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe."—Zorba the Greek
"Zorba’s response embodies a supreme appreciation for the richness of life and the inevitability of all its dilemmas, sorrows, tragedies, and ironies. His way is to ‘dance’ in the gale of the full catastrophe.”
—John Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
My work has always been informed by the marriage of paint and collage. Though there are obvious differences in the mediums, my process remains one of fluidity, randomness and experimentation.
Work begins with a hint of structure: a scrap of sewing pattern, the shadow of a line, a paint drip, something that creates a hazy road map, destination uncertain. For this project, the theme also figured in the initial steps, though less and less at each panel's start as I began to trust the focus to emerge more organically. The evolution of process over the 50 days fostered both a broad and specific exploration of the full catastrophe's meaning.
The flexibility of paint and paper and, when necessary, the reductive force of sandpaper, allows me to work and rework by adding and subtracting layers, by covering over and re-defining the image. At some point the connection to the theme surfaced and evolved until a clear, even obvious direction—and title—came to light.
While the process yields something of an ordered chaos, composition and personal clarity of message remain my goal. Letting the piece come as it will through the limitation and integrity of material is critical to the endeavor and ultimately to the finished piece.