Notes on Artist talk at the Box Factory for the Arts

(closeup) Winter Field J Mason / www.fieldworkstudios.com
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Winter Field
J Mason / http://www.fieldworkstudios.com

The working process behind the exhibition is to explore the intersection between mark-making and landscape. The question unfolds as to how these two things can converge.

The materiality of earth informs all the works. Alongside paint, plaster and pigment, there is soil. Painting is earth. I want to see what a painting can do when materials are what matters. Painting is the body. Painting is the fleshiness of being.

What is Not So Solid? – processes of becoming. The materials work like sedimentation and erosion. There is a net of infinity there in the building up and tearing down of forms.

The exhibition is inspired by beach erosion on the shores of Lake Michigan. Geologists have gathered data on the fluctuations of lake-level and the general trend suggests that each peak is higher than the last. The water is coming. As Chilida remarked observing the sea, ‘the waves keep coming and coming.’ On the shoreline about a 1/2 mile from my house the repeated formation and breakup of ice ridges results in a significant removal of beach. Massive concrete pieces and remnants of steel walls are broken and tossed up onto the shore. Where water meets the edge of land there is a constant, dynamic change.

Whose mentality is recorded in objects? The mentality aims at resonances of processes of materials whose acting is how the earth acts. When painting and earth collide there is a cohabitation of affect each sliding into the other like tectonic plates. The mineralization of the imago.

Landscape ‘lands’ itself: land becomes what it does. What emerges is abstract geology as condensed fossilization of the landing.

The painter is only after a single pursuit: the discovery of the object.

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(closeup) Sedimentation I J Mason / http://www.fieldworkstudios.com

To see the earth from ten-thousand feet is an epic sensation. When the materials and processes of presentation result in all kinds of emerging affects the outcome is similar to those larger impressions on the surface of the earth. What is above is so below. To loose oneself in the self-annihilating geology of the image…

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Excerpt from artists talk at the Box Factory for the Arts, 10/15/15. Accompanying the current exhibition Not So Solid Earth (Sept 11-Oct28)

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