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Klee'sDIESER STERN LEHRT BEUGEN, blue background with bold black linesThis series of studies are meant as master’s for a print series on canvas, paper, acrylic and metal  available here.

The work above titled “Sit See Klee Blue” draws inspiration from Paul Klee taking a line for a walk and particularly the colors from “Dieser Stern Lehrt Beugen:” loosely translated this star teaches us to bend (shown to the left.)  Klee made this the year he died.  I purchased the print while I was stationed in Munich.  I still have the print, damaged from many moves.

My quarters in Munich were not far from where Klee lived in Munich and I often traveled to Augsburg military facility’s were Klee was stationed when he was in the German forces.  Some of his writings helped me in my art thinking.  I feel more than an in passing connection to Paul Klee.

My work has been described, inaccurately, as being in a minimalist style.

Minimalism’s Elimination of Sense of Authorship

Critics described minimalistic works as erasing any sense of authorship from a work. These series of prints are the opposite.

I respect art critic’s role to generalize about what an artists or group of artists are doing. They write articles to make it easier to understand what an artist or group of artists are doing.

I am not following in the footsteps of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square. Here is what I am doing.

First-art-memory-reenactedThe black lines I use are very much a sign of me, the primal strokes I discovered as a child which my muse incessantly showed me until I finally reproduced my first art memory to better understand my fascination with pure line, color and motion.

Using a large flat color field devoid of the usual painterly expressions brushstrokes make is not an attempt to remove any sign of authorship, it is a way to focus even more strongly on the black line my hand made.  I make no effort to eliminate myself from my work.  There is no anonymity here! The opposite is true.

My print work above may be described as in a minimalist style, but it is not.  FingerPaint-OneCircleI am in no way avoiding  metaphorical associations, symbolism, and suggestions of spiritual transcendence as leading minimalists Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, and Carl Andre.

To the left is a close up of finger paintings I recreated in order to understand my first art memory and get my muse to stop popping the memory into my head.

I understand when people say this is a minimalist “style” or “look.”  These are convenient and usual descriptions. I invite you to understand more about this print series.

My work is made to connect from my gut to yours, to connect to what is built in in us all: our primal humanity.

 

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