CONSEQUENT – SCAPES
Explorations into Landscapeness
During the past few years in my series “183 Views of Laurentia”, I’ve been developing an abstract expressionist imagery to represent the essence of a landscape, or “Landscapeness.”
It’s Human Nature to often associate a horizontal line in any style of the Fine Arts with a representation of the horizon, consequently a landscape. The imposition of a horizontal line across a picture plane presupposes “Landscape – ness.” It restrains viewers to a notion of perception as an inescapable duality. The horizon line divides perception of the World into innumerable categories of opposing perspectives. Apropos of Art: foreground and background; sky and earth; blues and greens, or sky colors and earth colors; close and far; near and distant; up and down; top and bottom; and, of course, here and there.
With my imagery, I attempt to deconstruct and eliminate any duality through a reinterpretation of Landscapeness without horizon lines. Rather than perpetuating the disjunctive perspective of the viewer whose experiences are of being “here” while all other existence is “there,” I seek to create imagery over the entire topology of the picture plane expressive of the pure aesthetic essence of what it might be like to be INSIDE Landscapeness. My paintings represent visual experiences from the pure, intuitive creative process void of familiar, recognizable forms and shapes, or the semblances of objects. They do suggest narratives of symbolic content, insinuations or suggestions, descriptions of phenomena found within the immediate experience of the paintings.
I never make finished preliminary miniature paintings or studies beforehand for what I hope to accomplish; that would be antithetical to the essence of my creative processes. Each painting is totally about what is happening on and within the picture plane of compositional elements such as line, color, texture, harmony, balance, and etcetera. The non-objective, spontaneous methods I use are reminiscent of the painting styles of the early “action/gestural” painters of Abstract Expressionism who slung their paints through the air across their canvases. However, my gestures are primarily forceful assaults in direct contact with the painting surfaces.
After choosing a color palette and assorted textures, my paintings begin with an intense concentration upon the blank surface searching for what the painting wants me to do and how it wants me to do it. It may appear instantaneously, or it might take longer; but, an image and a suggestion of color appear in my mind’s creative eye. As they progress in stages through my unique procedures, the excitement and intensity of execution increases as I respond with instantaneous creative choices developing the imagery until, finally, the paintings are finished and there is nothing else to do to them. The finished compositions of colors and textures are dispersed in multiple layers across the overall picture plane.
My Landscapeness explorations encourage similar common excursions among viewers who interact with my work. The images within my paintings are inspired by atmospheric phenomena; the birth of super novae, galaxies, stars, planets; by visions from a cloud chamber or particle collisions from a super collider. I hope viewers will take a few moments to let their imaginations journey through the “window” of one of my paintings into another world where they might imagine flying through a dense forest or over a vast plains looking downwards; or floating through the refracting light of a deep ocean; or wandering within the illuminating earthly light of cold winter sunrises, to feel hot summer sunsets casting multitudes of colored light across textures of dry riverbeds in desert arroyos, canyons or mesas, across craters or mountain ranges on alternate Earths light-years away; or traveling back millions of years beyond the horizon of their imaginations to the ancient continent of Laurentia.
My inspirations for creating Fine Art are drawn from my Philosophical principles realized over a lifetime of eclectic reading and study; and from my Spiritual Path of Buddhism revealed through study and meditations found in particular in the spiritual discourses of The Pali Canon, the Vajrachchedika-prajñāpāramitā-sutra [The Diamond Cutter Sutra], and the Mahāprajñāpāramitā-hridaya-sutra [The Heart Sutra].