Bad Thought Place
6" x 4" Oil, Gouache, Graphite on Canvas
This piece came to me one sleepless night while my eyes were closed. As I stared into the darkness of my eyelids, I began to read into the fuzzy splotches of brown and black. Structures and shapes would coalesce and then distort back into randomness. This phenomenon called Closed Eye visuals are achievable by anyone with functioning eyesight. With enough time staring into static, one's brain will generate patterns just to make sense of what input there is. What held my attention on this particular night was how each splotch kept to such a similar unit, all focused around the center of my vision. I imagined I was looking into a matrix of kaleidoscopes.
Each painting has a certain unit of conceit, where representation gives way to abstraction and further details in a scene get reduced to larger movements. Often this is dictated by the size of the brush an artist is using combined with the length of the average stroke. Staring into the closed eye visuals of my sleepless night, I saw a conceit of detail that was large enough to form large structured movements, yet small enough to have a sequence of happenings making up the larger movements. The grid was a way to organize the smaller scenes among a larger image.