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lunette/flume, headstone/tomb: for Li Bai

lunette/flume, headstone/tomb (for Li Bai)

We had a Washington University faculty exhibition at the Des Lee Gallery last month, which was a good excuse to finish a new painting and try a different form of presentation.  Instead of using the word “installation”, I might use something like “actualization”, as the point of the piece was to enhance the viewer’s awareness of the object-presence, material relationships, imaginative space, and historical (or anecdotal) reference with near simultaneity.  This poses an interesting set of problems in a gallery context because of the associated conventions for displaying and interacting with the work.  Lunette is painted on a sheet of sandpaper from a floor-sander, and features a wooden remnant from some plumbing work in my house.  The painting is hung about ten inches lower than normal, a kind of “setting” towards the bench which is meant to emphasize their relationship while encouraging the viewer to lean over.  I made the frame out of African Mahogany flooring reclaimed from my neighbor’s house.  It is the same species of wood that I used to build the bench, wood which had been discarded because of the extreme warping and cupping that it had undergone.

Collectively the work is meant to invoke rather than portray the ingredients of the poet Li Bai’s anecdotal demise– intoxicated, falling from his boat and drowning while trying to embrace the reflection of the moon.

new work

installation view with bench

installation view with bench

Friday’s opening was an enjoyable one, thanks to the large crowd that didn’t seem to want to go home.  I had a real sense of accomplishment seeing the 12 pieces on the wall and under the lights, with six of the paintings being finished very recently– some as late as March 2nd.  Many thanks to Ellen Gochnour for orchestrating the exhibition, which will be on view through March 26.  I have included images of the most recent work, below.

love seat, oil on canvas, 54x 64, 2010

love seat, oil on canvas, 54x 64, 2010

annunciation, oil on canvas, 41x 30, 2010

annunciation, oil on canvas, 41x 30, 2010

we’ll work with what we’ve got, oil on canvas, 50 x 46, 2010

where we stand is beginning to end, oil on canvas, 50 x 46, 2010

a tree for our sorrow: memorial, oil on canvas, 40x 54, 2010

a tree for our sorrow: memorial, oil on canvas, 40x 54, 2010

a tree for our joy: memorial, oil on panel, 9.25x 10.5, 2010

a tree for our joy: memorial, oil on panel, 9.25x 10.5, 2010

our geometry is a fiction of cleanliness, oil on canvas, 64x 54, 2010

our geometry is a fiction of cleanliness, oil on canvas, 64x 54, 2010