painting

mmm skyscraper i love you

  • September 16, 2019
mmm skyscraper i love you

"mmm skyscraper i love you" - A spliced skyscraper, a volumetric painting 40 stories high. (Or at least a 12' sculpture.) A three-dimensional version of the genetically modified paintings. This version 3', wood and acrylic. Developing versions in painted steel.  

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In A Myriad of Ages It Will Not Be Exhausted

  • August 6, 2019
In A Myriad of Ages It Will Not Be Exhausted

If from a stick a foot long you every day take the half of it, in a myriad of ages it will not be exhausted. -Mohist School of Names (China, 479 BCE) The work is continuously destroyed This painting is cut in half every ten years. Each division makes it a new artwork, and starts the clock on its next destruction. The original state becomes unknown,  as the smaller and smaller pieces are placed in new positions.  All future states are also unknown, existing as probabilities, potentials, or impossibilities. (Ink dropped in a cup of water cannot be unstirred.) Now or never Each painting can only...

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No There There (going away away)

  • June 11, 2019
No There There (going away away)

This work has been acquired by a collector in L.A. (Fitting, as its title "No There There, No Hear Hear" is a play on words referencing Gertrude Stein's famous comment upon seeing her old neighborhood, Oakland, also in California). The work is a palimpsest, with layers and layers of shifting text, texture, information, color, and meaning. Images and video below, to show context and optical shifts. 84 x 60", oilstick on aluminium tape and vinyl on aluminium.  

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Infecting installation, spliced cyanotypes & dangerous sculptures

  • April 2, 2019
Infecting installation, spliced cyanotypes & dangerous sculptures

A long, skinny painting that connects all the art in the space like a neural network. An installation that infects  the exhibition, its colorful component parts migrating over time through and around the other works, framing, enhancing, colonizing, barricading them. A massive wall painting to be decentralized over time, its 30 parts moving out globally, to flow back for exhibition every 10 years, a murmuration that builds narratives and networks over decades. A dangerous painting. An even more dangerous sculpture. A series of resequenced and genetically modified paintings. Works made with...

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Collage

  • March 22, 2019
Collage

For the record, a survey of my early collages, and their evolution till today. The paper ones were made and exhibited in Tokyo, LA, Toronto. The series (style) began in 1987. The concept came fully-formed in a daydream while sitting at Shinjuku station: slice images to strip them to their core information, and then interleave the images to compress them into dense meanings. It also enabled works using disparate material and juxtapostions of ideas to visually cohere. I have always described these as having a visual rhyme scheme, A/B/A/B/C/C.   Poetry, music, and DNA. Most carefully composed,...

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Dangerous Sculpture

  • February 22, 2019
Dangerous Sculpture

A dangerous sculpture, a reverse St. Sebastian, a psychedelic sea urchin: (Stay tuned for the large wall version)

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Shred, splice, destroy, create

  • October 25, 2018
Shred, splice, destroy, create

Inception paintings, paintings inside paintings. Many works made using found wind and sourced items across many specific locations and climates, destroyed and spliced together to make a single hybrid work. New work in the ongoing CRISPR series, which are a compression of time and space, experience and place, more on that HERE. Cyanotype series, 21st and 19th century concepts spliced together... and so on....    

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Art Troll and geoDNA

  • September 19, 2018
Art Troll and geoDNA

Art troll?  Here's how I ended up working (lurking), in inclement weather, under a low bridge... with a racoon. Some of my current explorations involve creating visual DNA en plein air at disparate locations  (ultimately to be done coast to coast to coast across Canada, then other countries) and combining them together. Hundreds of paintings will initially be made, and then destroyed, as they are sliced up into pictorial genes which will  be CRISPR'd together into  single complex artworks, paintings made of paintings. The final pieces will be a hybrid of painting, collage and sculpture....

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geotagged painting sculpture installation

  • July 22, 2018
geotagged painting sculpture installation

Installation commission for collector, installed on their ranch. Site specific painting-sculpture, three iterations. Part of an ongoing global megainstallation composed of 'geotagged' recombinant components. Ultimately to be a painting (collage) made from many hundreds of components. K.I.A. 2018

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distributed sculpture, decentralized installation

  • July 3, 2018
distributed sculpture, decentralized installation

The decentralized sculpture / distributed painting idea extended outdoors; hi concept - lo materials, geotagged  by site-specific materials. Below to be scaled up x 100. Monolith, column, detritus, array, line... developing... Ultimately, this scale: And the upsized outdoor equivalent of this: As part of this series: very large scale, outdoors - http://nu4ya.com/2018/04/02/large-scale-recombinant-installation/ recombinant iteration, indoors - http://nu4ya.com/2017/11/06/crispr-sculptr/

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