The Advent

Sediment Painting IThe artist mineralizes the imagination. The process of painting fossilizes matter into an image. The imago is devoted to nature as an image of itself.

The image is not a representation of a scene, but the presentation of the potentiality of matter. It’s essential content is the advent. It does not deny what follows from the beginning or initiation of the work, which is to say, it does not have its ends in the origin. The work draws out an immanent value by placing the emergence of painting at the center. It orients this event of the advent so that it has value in and of itself, so that what has value is not the first cause but the ultimate of the effect.

Painting is the event of something from nothing, for which prior to its emergence no world existed: it is the contingency of the mark in its virtual becoming that is the eternal composition. There are no laws beyond its own becoming, which is to say that as the event of the emergence of a painting is underway it always changes among change.

Sediment Painting IIPaintings are transformations in the novelty of material. They sediment the advent. Though being actualized, the determinate formations of the work do not reduce becoming. – It is capable of anything. The ratio is of effort to effect. The marks that appear are the work’s trace across a certain parameter of becoming-earth.

There is no discrepancy between the matter-of-fact and the psychic effect. The instantaneous impact of the field of matter contains the capacity to absorb the seer in the substrate of its image.

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5 thoughts on “The Advent

  1. I like your paintings. Thanks for sharing your stuff. What are your processes? How do you choose the materials, colors, tools, gestures, etc.? How do you apply the paint?

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    1. In my paintings I try to never begin with a preconceived plan: I try to create in a way where the event of the making of the work (as a process) is visible. Material should be present in the procedure and in the sense of how painting declares itself, and material is caught in excitation. My material and color choices are inspired by immediate surroundings, but I am also fond of the darker tone painters. I use soil in my paintings because painting is earth, and because I am influenced by other passions in life like gardening and I have a layman’s fascination with geology. The tools I use vary as to what the painting demands at any given stage: at first I usually lay a ground of paint to initiate the field and then its a flat-head shovel and soil. I build up textures and often add to these textures a fair amount of water or thinner – almost like building up a plane of sedimentation and erosion. Paintbrushes come in at some point. I sometimes add to the paintings a kind of vauge representation, maybe of a field or the great lake or a sunset as those things that I see on a constant basis. But I find myself lately continually battling with the disappearance of the brush – a kind of dissipation of the hand in the face of what the painting wants to do by itself as it is caught in geological/fluvial motions.

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      1. Cool. I like your ideas. You seem to be attempting to remove yourself (or at least, interested in the idea) during the sedimentation of the paint – during the process of painting… and successfully so, I think! A passive creativity – a wandering play with material. Kafka’s ‘Castle’ condensed into fingertips upon mud in real time. Moses wandering in the desert landscape. You set up landslides, sedimentation and other geologic possibilities with paint. One could say you shrink geologic time into paint time. (Ice ages collapsed into minutes.)
        I’d like to see them. They look effective from here.

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      2. Your perceptive reading really chimes with my intentions. I appreciate the feedback. …I’ve got to go glance through Castle.

        Looking at the work on a screen has its drawbacks of course, like looking at any painting in a book – the object doesn’t quite convey its material qualities as sufficiently as being right in front of it. But if you’d like to see more detail you could look at them here: http://www.fieldworkstudios.com/#!Not%20So%20Solid%20Earth/zoom/c1nj6/image_hdp

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