1. Gaps in the Scenery


Try to think back to last week; can you put together a sequence of descriptions of activities concerning a particular block of time, a trip to the grocery or an evening at home? I bet you can put together a filmic narrative that you think is pretty accurate. Think back a year and repeat the exercise, if you are being honest with yourself, the memories are not so clear. Now revisit decade-old or even more ancient memories. Aren’t these recollections a nothing but a disordered stack of fading snapshots?

Paintings really, more than photos, with you as the artist creating the work well after the fact, and from memory; you are probably even making new paintings from the paintings you created the last time you recalled the event. There are, of course, gaps in the scenery; if you are a surrealist you invent stuff to fill them in, if you are an impressionist you just add gobs of paint. Your method as much as your message creates your memory.

But it seems like it’s human nature to need a good story: heroes and villains, a plot with the loose ends tied up, even a bit of drama. And to make these surreal impressions into a consistent narrative you have to regularly sneak back into the gallery and repaint the things in the current style. Such are memories, such are these drawings…