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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:

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Starting with a primed panel I penciled a grid interrupted with arcs.  I brushed in ink as the hierarchy of line and curve developed.  An ink wash established values before washes of color layered over the top.  Keeping the color thin and the contrast high gave the piece the look of glowing stained glass.

spring gesture
acrylic and ink on panel, cradled box frame
37.5 x 48″

building
acrylic and ink on panel, cradled box frame
29 x 45.5″

This piece stands as one of my favorites from my years in Detroit, made in my studio with 555. Theme’s of shelter, post-industrial decay, reuse and sub-optimal weather were always close at hand in that strangely beautiful city.  “Building” was one of those pieces that came together without much fight.

More insights on Detroit, and moving there from a small town in SW Michigan, can be found at Jim Griffioen’s fantastic blog; Sweet Juniper.