I work on canvases with acrylic paint, experimenting with different types of spreading techniques and brush strokes. The layers of paint are distributed on the canvas with stir sticks, sponge brushes, or just dripped directly from a can. At times I have been known to even use baseball bats.
The sizes of my canvases vary from 4’ x 5’ to 8’x9’. Occasionally I will enlarge works up to 30 feet.
The first 60 paintings I ever painted were on warehouse cardboard, no brushes, all stir sticks and house paint. I recieved a solo exhibition based on just my action paintings on cardboard. Canvas was to come, but painting on cardboard always brings me back to the begining, the early, furious days of large quantities of paintings produced.
Certainly all of these paintings are based on action and dynamic movement. The very surface of the cardboard creates a grittiness when the paint meets it, then comes the distribution of the paint upon the cardboard surface. So much of it based upon feel.
In studio, part of the action painting process.
Being a former art model, exercise training has always been a large part of my creative process. The trampoline was one of my major outlets as far as the equipment I used to train on. I even used to do performance art on trampoline, so to eventually wind up painting on them as a form of canvas was incredibly liberating and expressively poignant.
THE CONTEXT OF ACTION PAINTING
Often times through action painting I am expressing the psychosomatic form, or the body mind complex. Having been birthed in art, out of the territory of the muse, there were infinite details about the physical form that I became aware of, primarily and at first out of wavering levels of the battle of security and false security, abstract components of the mind where the subconscious comes forth in the vulnerable environment it is in. This is art modeling at the highest level. A practice developed through years of ‘training in the art of presence’ bringing all physical potential through the physical form and expressing it in the direction of the artist.
This is why I sometimes will pose in front of an art piece, to not only give an idea of scale and composition, but to articulate that sense of kinetic feel within a color field paradigm for the mind, or what Jackson Pollock would describe as entering the painting, only next level.
‘Visionaries must begin at the horizon of the last generation’s high water mark.’ Arthur Rimbaud
Action painting is similar to tennis; the game varies according to the surface it’s being played on. I will work large to small in the same session. I never like to get to comfortable when I paint, I’m always wanting to keep the intensity consistent, otherwise this modality will appear dead or void.
Acrylic on metal sheet. Exhibited at the Santa Paula Museum of Art in 2016.
Acrylic paint and glitter.
A 28x7 feet white roll of photography backdrop painted with acrylic and glitter.
Acrylic and mulch on cardboard.
100 foot roll of cardboard. From the “On the Road” series, inspired by the novel “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac.