Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Late Summer 2014 | Works on Paper

















Theater Piece, 24" x 32"


















Dance Hall, 49" x 35"

















Toulouse, 34" x 37"





















Red Gripper, 34" x 24"























Rascal Coffin, 39" x 25"























Roamer, 45" x 35"

















Rafferty, 50" x 38"



















Detroit, 50" x 38"























Lumumba Crosses the River, 47" x 34"























The Novelist, 50" x 38"
























Thursday, July 31, 2014

Works on Paper | Spring-Summer 2014

Discipline (20" x 26" acrylic on paper)























Veneer (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Façade (26" x 19" acrylic on paper)























Guise (24" x 18" acrylic on paper)























Semblance (30" x 23" acrylic on paper)























Reynold (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Densitometer (25" x 19" acrylic on paper)























Cobble (24" x 19" acrylic on paper)























Rouen (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Tickertape (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Doe (25" x 19" acrylic on paper)























Peony (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Digitalis (34" x 24" acrylic on paper)























Proscenium (25" x 19" acrylic and cut paper lettering on paper)























Orison (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Kyoto (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Dapple Splotch (34" x 24" acrylic on paper)























Performance (24" x 34" acrylic and digital print on paper)

















Forrest (22" x 30" acrylic on paper)


















Randolph (30" x 22" acrylic on paper)























Rudolph (21" x 30" acrylic on paper)

















Nabi (21" x 30" acrylic on paper)















 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bandiagara 03

Polychrome wood sculpture, 70" x 26" x 26"
 














































































































Bandiagara 02

Polychrome wood sculpture, 70" x 26" x 26"




































































































































































Bandiagara 01


In 2005 Vivienne and I traveled to Central Mali in West Africa to visit le pays Dogon. I'd fallen in love with photos I'd seen of Dogon villages built on the Bandiagara escarpment way back in my twenties––in a book by Rudofsky entitled Architecture without Architects (it's still in print!). It was one of those rare trips that turns out actually better than you'd dreamed (and I'd been dreaming for 40 years): floating down the Niger River in a pinasse, tenting on the desert, visiting the mosque in Djenné, experiencing a sandstorm, sleeping on the roof of mud huts, climbing past thousand year-old Tellim cliff dwellings, and finishing by celebrating New Year's Eve with the whole village.


















The visit has inspired a lot of my work, including these new polychrome wood sculptures: I call them Bandiagara, and they are based in part upon our climb up the face of the escarpment, and partly on Dogon altars, upon which is poured animal blood and a millet porridge. (I found the photo below in an old book).

















Bandiagara 01: polychrome wood, 70" x 26" x 26"