Friday, June 06, 2008

a new suite of paintings




I've just completed these three works which were made concurrently and I guess form a trinity of event. Truthfully though, I think there will be a few more additions in this size (24 x 18 in.) with the same basic elements. I have to say working small like this provides for some real headaches but when you feel serial, you behave serially. Currently untitled, but I'm leaning towards some sort of allusion to Delillo's White Noise as part of the title, or sub-title.

7 comments:

Steven LaRose said...

I went from White Noise to strip mall to Goya backgrounds to Turner to wondering if suites have more then one title? Better that then an umbrella title and numbers.

Keep me in mind if you are ever feeling trady, or tradish, or willing to trade.

cjagers said...

Great clouds and duststorms! I like these.

CAP said...

I went away and thought about these pictures. I like them because of the scale. There’s just enough content in them to reflect the mark-making or facture – just enough facture to suit the scale. It’s a deft/def balance.

The ‘skies’ look just enough like skies (despite color / technique) to work the bases and perspective plane beneath. But there is something ominous about the dark horizons – an approaching storm – the flat empty planes (plains?). For some reason it made me think of being on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Again there’s a brooding militancy. But maybe the threat is ecological now or strictly a matter of weather and whether.

The devotion to this kind of intense distance and heavenly turmoil also reminded me of Romantic painting like Turner and Friedrich. The ‘infinite’ now gone toxic, rogue, terminal - that in itself is a Romantic reading.

The one below in the preceding Post (a New Work) is interesting in other ways, perhaps not as successful. The outline on the horizon is maybe just a little too rigid – maybe if the width tapered or something. But depth here, more problematic anyway – that gray-turquoise that the wedge shape sits on or hovers over, really ‘argues’ with the burnt orange. The angle to the turquoise definitely reads as perspective though – sets up a plane.

The first thing that struck however was the ‘sky’ – which because of the light sections to the top and left, makes it much more varied that just a ‘sky’ – it almost reads as a soft focus photo – like a radical Richter – of… I don’t know - an old sports car or something? But it doesn’t seem like just a sky anyway – maybe a wall or out-of-focus distance out a window or something. That’s kind of interesting, given the wedge in the foreground. Which is what? – Beats me, like the one in the HIV Law Project show but less loaf-like.

In a good way.

Finally, thinking about this weird lump/volume, reminded me a painting in the Neo Rauch show at Zwirner’s –

http://www.davidzwirner.com/exhibitions/166/lg_work_3398.htm

Beats me what old Rauchy is on about there, but I just get the feeling it can’t be good….

CAP said...

Also I linked your blog to mine, so you are now eternally damned.

Steven LaRose said...

shit.
all i got was:
"This stuff reminds me of bugs"

Christopher said...

thanks for all the comments and support. You pretty much get at a lot of what is going on with these. S- still owe you a postcard at any rate so maybe I can get on that finally.

CAP- really generous on your part and almost a transcript of what i have been playing with. Doubles are on my mind. Cloud/Smoke, flat/perspective, and I definitely like weather/whether. Facture/fracture even? The shy thing you say is accurate as well, it is a sky/weather event but also I am trying to make these operate as windows, ghost walls and such. An emotive and active character that is dimensional/naturalistic but also an abstract psychotopia to emote multiple reads and speeds, perhaps time signatures. I'm happy you are picking up on that.

the loaves - which I am still working on figuring out, are actually cotton. cotton modules, the modern mechanized bail. They are everywhere back in VA. in the fall. They look like space ships, or Beuys' fat. Given their sculptural appeal I've been looking to them as players in the paintings. Also with cotton's history and current role in global economics and labor, they feel timely somehow and quite strange, dehumanized even, though they have an emotional quality too.Who knows, a bit loaded I guess but I drawn to them.

Christopher said...

and thanks for the link