I’m working on some of the UK box paintings. When I shift back and forth between projects it seems to take me a while to get my brain into a different gear. Things seem hopeless, and then suddenly I can feel the moment when the work makes sense, and I can carry on.
This painting just wasn’t working for me. The colours were too soft, delicate, and insipid. A failed experiment, and so I added the black rings to create tension, and to heighten the sensation of layers and depth. I like it more now, but as always the great thing about working in a large series is that I can experiment, fail, and move on.
This Long Series painting is painted directly onto a page from a book. I rarely do this, and it was an interesting experiment for me. Most often I would use images like this as a collage element rather than as a support. I wasn’t too concerned about longevity, but if framed properly it should last a long time.
The other day I decided to think outside the box, and so I went to the store and bought a box. My idea is to make an exhibition box that will contain about 50 Long Series paintings and the materials for the creation of Long Series paintings. The box is essentially a mail art project, but it is also something I can easily travel with.
The box will contain instructions for the display of the artwork, and for the process for setting up a workstation so that people may participate in the creation of artwork. There will also be biographical, project, and news-media information included in the box.
Over the years I’ve shown in many different types spaces, and I’ve always been attracted to alternative approaches when it comes to presenting my work. I see this work in a small space with the paintings on the wall in a grid. A desk and chair would be in front of the wall, and the desk would contain sheets of 12×12 inch paper with art materials so that viewers of the work might join in and make marks that eventually when returned to me would become part of finished paintings.
Ideally I would like to work with a curator or the staff of an interesting alternative art gallery. I would welcome suggestions of curators or galleries that you think might be interested in an interactive exhibition.