Collaborative project, California to Ireland

My fascination with geological forces that create landscapes have brought me to a collaborative project with artist Brooke Holve. We met over our common interest in Iceland, the country and it’s wild and pristine landscape. We have both spent 1 month at art residencies in separate years in the southwest part of the island plus touring visits in other years, Brooke has visited there 4 times and I twice.

One of our projects is tracing rare earth elements and minerals, used to power smart phones, to their sources.

We look at changing landscapes as these commodities are extracted for industry. What is happening on earth’s surface while the underworld is exposed and required. These paintings are inspired from shapes that make up the components inside of an iPhone.

Teardown Group     acrylic paint, paper, ink, marble dust on panels. 48x52x2” over all.

Teardown Group acrylic paint, paper, ink, marble dust on panels. 48x52x2” over all.

Thoughts about Abstraction in my practice

AB STRACT ACTION

Action combined with emotion along with my topic of interest are ingredients that make up my art practice.

For me my practice is the consistent Action of manipulating materials and methods for visual interpretation. What unfolds on paper, panel, canvas or various substrates becomes the abstraction. Something that does not directly portray topic/object.

The abstract work is a mix of sub-conscious and conscious mark making expressed from observations, research, travel etc. on that which I am passionate about.

Systematically this focuses on natural phenomena; geology, altered landscape, minerals and effects from climate. My work is organized by sense of format, composition, colour and tone. Materiality plays a big part in developing visual language that signifies mystery and other meaningful dimensions. I believe this happens more often in moments of experimentation and letting go of control, which is the opposite of building realistic painting and rendering, the latter being an excellent practice in eye-hand co-ordination.

Blue massive 20x30” screen print, acrylics, inks on paper (stonehenge archival)

Blue massive 20x30” screen print, acrylics, inks on paper (stonehenge archival)

Studio Move

I moved across the hall, same building @33ARTS #109.

It’s slightly larger than my old space and it has a sink (sigh of gratitude) and some very cool decommissioned pipes. I wonder when I’ll employ those for some installation?

March 2019

March 2019

Art Residence in S.Ireland

Our 3 Artists collaboration, home page, put together proposals for a residency so that we could engage in a work intensive. We have been accepted in two places, Scotland and ireland. We chose Cill Railaig in Co. Kerry on the wild coast of Southern Ireland. We are putting together a publication, Vol 1 to give an overview of our project which is linked to The Extraction project.

The residency will be November 2019. Meanwhile we work from our studios independently and keep the collaborative projects on the hob, adding ingredients to the holy concoction when ripe and in season.

Iceland Lava

Iceland Lava

Process in studio

Process in studio