On SundayÂ orange lips and fingertips (pictured above)Â made its debut at The Chapel, a gallery that operates in association with Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. Â I’m showing four recent paintings alongside folded paper works by Marguerite Corey and photographs by Sylvester Jacobs. Â If you missed the public reception, you can catch the show again on November 11 or by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org). Â Each of these paintings addresses concerns of gain and loss by way of memory, consumption, and death, reflecting upon what we take and what we leave behind.
I thought that I had finished smoke-shaped forest back in May (see the post from May 8, below), but ended up reworking the painting in early October. Â The rising embers seemed to resonate with the blowing/falling cheese puffs, and as a result this piece edged out the competition for inclusion in the exhibition. Â It’s another meditation on gains and losses, a depiction of cleared land with irregular trees and stumps scraped into a burn pile while the city throws its own light up over the horizon. Â I’ll need to post a future image including the frame, which I made out of reclaimed quarter-sawn red oak. Â The distinctive medullary rays provide a contrast to the starkness of the image, and its reclaimed nature (made evident by a few nail holes) is intended as an argument on behalf of both use and preservation.