it feels good

Chimeric
24x24x1.5″
acrylic, silver reflective enamel, and ink on canvas

It’s always a pleasure to send my work out into the world, and I’m glad to start 2012 with a sale on etsy.  “Chimeric” is on its way to a good friend in New York.

This piece was originally shown with Launchpad Gallery in 2008 for their Dreams show, and again with Cravedog Loft Gallery in 2011.

Not to throw too many words at it, but for me this piece explores the grid vs. gesture structure I’ve worked with in other paintings, this time stripping the gesture character of line, leaving the ink work to only the grid, and employing washes for the curves.

As far as the “imagery,” a bird’s-eye view of city streets emerged and informed some of my choices – but that was never as important as working with layers, depth, reflective silver, and paint in general.  I think it looks pretty neat.

For the etymologists in the house:

Chimeric
\kī-ˈmir-ik, kə-, -ˈmer-, -ˈme-rik\
–adjective
1. unreal; imaginary; illusory; fantastic; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
2. wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan.
3. Composed of parts that are of different origin and are seemingly incompatible.
4. an animal that has two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated in different zygotes.
5. a fossil which was reconstructed with parts from different animals

In mythology:
– Chimera, a monstrous creature made of the parts of multiple animals
– Mount Chimaera, the region in Lycia that some believe was an inspiration for the myth

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