12" x 12"
collage, oil stick, acrylic paint on canvas
I needed to create a piece for the Square Foot Show at Art Gotham and all I could think about was New Orleans. I collected some images of New Orleans street people and collaged them on a prepared canvas. Each night I prayed and soaked the whole thing in water like I imagined all the artwork in New Orleans to be soaking. Each day I dryed it out and worked on it. An article appeared in the New York times about how search parties were marking cryptic symbols on the doors of houses they had searched. An x with the left section denoting the search party code, the top the date, the right section how many structural faults, and the bottom the number of dead inside. When I added the orange marks to my painting I knew the piece was finished
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"The object of painting a picture is not to make a picture - however unreasonable this may sound. The picture, if a picture results, is a by-product and may be useful, valuable, interesting as a sign of what has passed. The object, which is back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being, a state of high functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence. In such moments activity is inevitable, and whether this activity is with brush, pen, chisel, or tongue, it's result is but a by-product of the state, a trace, the footprints of the state.
These results, however crude, become dear to the artist who made them because they are records of states of being which he has enjoyed and which he would regain. They are likewise interesting to others because they are to some extent readable and reveal the possibilities of greater existence."
- Robert Henri (1865 - 1929)