While The Snow Falls
A couple images for today. I will give a little more specifics to what I am doing. I have been sifting through my thoughts for a more solid direction. Most recently I have been thinking about the work of Ivan Chermayeff. He is best known for his graphic design work but he also makes artwork too (search him on artsy.net). I am beginning to find a link between artwork/artists I find most interesting. Fairfield Porter: simplification into shapes that sometimes meld into each other though still reading as realism, Richard Diebenkorn: The picture plane is broken into large and small shapes and is well balanced, Matisse: Particularly the Morocco paintings, the composition comes first and in this way the painting is quickly read even though large. These are just a few examples. So this is what is going into my work. I am arranging still life objects - common objects like Morandi but I am arranging them in an unconventional way as a step to abstraction. Then I paint/draw/collage in a way to maintain connection to observation, through either contours or colors or shapes, while trying to make an almost purely abstract composition (obviously pure abstraction won't happen but I like the play between the two). I want the simplification of shapes to be based on close observation and not on something so general as making a "simplified mug shape" for example. This is the connection I find interesting with these artists - How the shapes work together to create a easily read composition.
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Working on an MFA in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.