Making an analogy between the skin of our bodies and the crust of the Earth is not a new concept. But it is a crucial part of my painting, video and photography work. Being an amateur naturalist, seashores, saltmarshes, and forests are locations that inevitably become a part of the project as I count on those locations to provide me objects and experiences upon where analogical thinking finds form. Two particular places that I frequent are Eagle Rock Reservation and the saltmarshes of the Meadowlands, both in northern New Jersey. The metaphors that are conjured by the idea of skin determines how I approach, record and represent what I see in these places: how to photograph or in what appropriate form to represent a tree that stands in for ideas that vary from resoluteness, time and witnessing; and questions of medium in attempts to embody an object or experience from these marshes and woods that are fleeting and almost imperceptible such as mist and spider’s webs.
These are one of the holding ideas for the exhibit I’m opening on Thursday Sept 12th at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey. The exhibit will consist of paintings, photographs and videos, and titled Skinning The Image. More thoughts, information about the gallery and directions can be found here.
And previously, I have written of this idea in the gallery’s blog, titled Skin + Image
opening my Skinning The Image this coming thursday Sept 12th. For more details, click here
morning hour with painting, Richter, and Mad Men
extracted from Let There Be Dark: a look inside Bill Brandt’s book of shadows, by Richard Lacayo, March 18, 2013 Time Magazine