Acrylic on Canvas
36 1/2" x 35"
"Intersections" Work at Shaker Historical Society

For interest in any of the work in this collection please contact:
Ware Petznick, PhD
Executive Director
Shaker Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
216.921.1201 / 800-860-6078

Painting can be an explosive practice, sensitive yet violent, temporal, contemplative, bold and transformative. As a process it can move both fast and slow, be impatient yet kind, be tense and poetic—all the while performing a crafted cadence of oppositions. In my work layers of paint are exposed so the viewer can see a delicate unraveling of documentation and process. These layers looks gestural, geometric, architectonic and graphic. They are a collection of influences, passages and intersections.
As I started to gather material for this exhibition, I was looking at both past and present work. I saw a confluence of overlaps, of blocky forms, of circular compositions. Sharp edges gave way to shimmery contrasts or pointed inwards, towards the space behind the canvas. There is a constant struggle between surface and ground; between paint and boundary.
Often the work is an investigation into gesture and its ability to encapsulate time and psyche, to fuse internal and external, and to record conceptual state changes in solidified form. My paintings explore ideas of fold, gesture and movement. Color highlights changes in spatial order that appear fractured or fragmented. These states either remain calm or subdued or reconfigure the coherence within a painting. I am interested in the connection between a fold as it relates to architecture or design and gesture as it relates to aspects of drawing and 20th century painting. This series struggles to define beauty, exploring abstraction as incident and artifact, and of the process in which paint is applied, exposing interior and exterior spaces that may or may not coexist.
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