A Second Body of Work

LightAt Photo LA in January 2009 I introduced a new body of work. While continuing to pursue the light on the land as always, I’ve begun exploring other ways to bring light, form, and color together to create what I hope are evocative images. The first several pieces in this new series were well received at the Los Angeles show. Two of the larger ones sold off the wall and I was relieved to find that most people who have followed my landscape work applauded this expansion into new genres.

I have a notebook in which I have accumulated many more ideas and sketches. I am developing and releasing these in small editions as time permits. I have introduced new pieces at Art Santa Fe each year in July. These new images start with a camera, although in most cases that is not apparent on first viewing. They are essentially non-objective. All are printed with archival pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper, a lightly textured art paper that produces a seductive, velvety surface like a well executed screen print. Most involve a series of variations on a central graphic element.

The idea for all of this was sparked a few years ago by my revisiting a poem by Wallace Stevens, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, that I have returned to dozens of times since first coming under Stevens’ spell in college. It is a series of very short, haiku-like stanzas, each an enigmatic riff on the central image of a blackbird. The first reads:

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

Here’s the whole poem and some background on Stevens : https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/thirteen-ways-looking-blackbird

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