Monday, March 7, 2016

Probe | Zeitgeist Gallery | Nashville

Growing up in Nebraska, I'd always planned on moving to New York to paint, but when I graduated college in 1966, a foolish and addled road trip sidetracked me to San Francisco, where I've now lived for half a century.

Except for 2012, when my wife and I relocated to Manhattan for a year.

I quickly found a midtown studio which fulfilled my childhood dreams, and it seemed only natural that my attention would also turn to the art I'd been doing before I got waylaid by the West Coast: small, minimalist sculptures; and paintings whose subjects were the Kennedy era space program and the first French atomic submarine.





The French Secret,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood,
2013









Gemini,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood, 2013















I Am Big Heaven,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood, 2013












The works looked very different from the non-objective, painterly work I'd been doing in San Francisco; they included photo transfers and printouts from magazines of the time. (I had kept them all those years!) I spent two years working on them, both in Manhattan and later back in our home in San Francisco.















Jump Me,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood, 2013



























The Photographer,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood, 2013






Mr. Nobody,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood, 2013
















Probe,
34" x 48" acrylic and archival photo on paper on wood, 2013
















Because they were so different from what I'd been exhibiting, I showed them to very few people; they were my little secret. But when Zeitgeist offered me a show this year, I immediately thought of them. Zeitgeist had given me my very first shows, despite the fact I had no record at the time and was known as an illustrator, not a painter. This would be something similar: showing works that fell outside my comfort zone. 








Included with the paintings above are five small painted wood sculptures; and in the backroom  there are about a dozen smaller works with acrylic and transfer photos on wood.





Zeitgeist Gallery  
05 March thru 30 April 2016
516 Hagan Street #100
Nashville TN 37203
615 256 4805
Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5