• Aesthetics
  • Eye R&R

    My show opened last Friday, and the next morning I left for several days of giving my eyes a little R&R. Which really means letting them look without a job or a deadline. It was luscious, and they loved this little road trip. So what follows is (mostly) a visual diary of the last four […]

  • Personal
  • Wrapped in Fecundity

    Jim Lyman, gallerist at Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, getting help hanging “Golawon” from Stephanie Hobart I have a friend who can paint a complete show over a summer and still have lots of time to go to the beach and hang out with her pals. I’ve always been a bit envious of her art making […]

  • Art History/Theory
  • Warburg and the Bruins

    Aby Warburg, unconventional and still controversial art historian all these years later, made a trip to the Black Mesa in Arizona in 1896 and encountered the Hopi Indians. An expert on Florentine Renaissance art, he had his aha moment in realizing how similar the highly ritualized Hopi dances were to the elaborate court festivals held […]

  • Aesthetics
  • Raccoons and Uncertainty

    Markings on wood, from the African art collection at the Brooklyn Museum: Beautifully ambiguous Poems, poets and poetry provide a parallel universe that sometimes helps make a little more sense of my own huddled world of paintings, painters and art. A good example is this excerpt from an essay by Joel Brouwer that appeared on […]

  • Aesthetics
  • Resonance is Real

    Our minds and eyes are editing and practicing selective neglect on a daily basis, so what each of us sees creates our customized version of reality. One of the most stimulating aspects of traveling to a new venue is watching that process happen with fresh material. My visit to California was full of that selective […]

  • Aesthetics
  • Scale it Up, Scale it Down

    “System 4, Hummingbird”, by Richard Tuttle Notes from a few days in New York City: Richard Tuttle’s current show at Pace Gallery, What’s the Wind, consists of significantly larger scale works than his show at Sperone Westwater in June of 2007. (I wrote about it here.) Intimate and miniaturized, the wall pieces have now been […]

  • Personal
  • Provincetown Show

    Golawon, mixed media on linen, 54 x 72″ A show of my new work opens this month at Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown. In that mysterious way that work emerges, these latest pieces began with some of my signatory themes and then headed off in a whole new direction. Form, color, surface and size have all […]