ABOUT

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RADICAL PAINTING GROUP IN FRONT OF JULIAN PRETTO'S LOFT IN TRIBECA, C. 198O. L.TO R., ERIK SAXON, PHIL SIMS, MERRILL WAGNER, DALE HENRY, DOUG  SAN​DERSON, SUSANNA TANGER,  ANDERS KNUTSSON, MARCIA HAFIF, JERRY ZENIUK, FRED THURZ. NOT PRESENT: JOSEPH MARIONI AND OLIVIER MOSSET.


THE WORK I DO IS OFTEN RELATED TO THE RADICAL PAINTING GROUP. I MET WITH THEM IN THE EARLY 80'S AND HAVE SHOWN WITH DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF THE GROUP SINCE THEN. I DO  MOMOCHROME PIECES THAT ARE SHOWN​ ALONE;  SOMETIMES I SHOW MORE THAN ONE PANEL CREATING A COMPOSITION ON THE WALL; THE PAINTINGS CAN BE SEPARATE OR JOINED;  I ALSO MAKE SHAPPED PIECES. 


PRIMAL FORMS HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MY PHILOSOPHY .  IN MY STUDENT YEARS I BECAME INTERESTED IN THE FORMS THAT ARE SEEN IN ALL CULTURES; THE SQUARE, THE CIRCLE, THE CROSS, THE VESICUS PICES, THE SPIRAL, AND THE FOUR AND THE NINE SQUARE DIVISION OF A SQUARE.  I AM NOT INTERESTED IN THE ATTATCHED MEANING TO THESE FORMS ; FOR MYSELF THE CROSS IS NOT A CHRISTIAN SYMBOL , IT IS A UNIVERSAL FORM.  SINCE 1974 MY PALETTE HAS PRIMARLY BEEN LIMITED TO THE PRIMARIES AND BLACK AND WHITE; THERE ARE SOME VARIATIONS.


IN 1982 I HAD THE IDEA FOR A WHITE SQUARE PAINTING; I MADE ONE THAT YEAR. THE PAINTING CAME TO REPRESENT THE FUSION OF AN INTERIOR WHITE SQUARE PLANE WITH THE SQUARE PLANE OF THE PAINTING. THE INTERIOR PLANE AND THE PAINTING PLANE BECAME ONE; THIS BECAME THE BASIS FOR FOR MY WORK.



​COMMERCIAL VARATHANE ON RAW CANVAS, 1973.


​GRAPHITE ON HMP PAPER, 2005.


BLACK CROSS, OIL ON MASONITE PANEL, 1980.

 WHITE SQUARE, OIL ON LINEN, 1982.

VIDEO OF EXHIBITION AT MINUS SPACE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2011.

1987 EXHIBIT AT RAUM FUR MALEREI, KOLN, DR. VIDEO: ANNEBARBE KAU. 

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