MFA 1977, BFA 1975, Cal Arts:
"Welcome to my world of art!"
Begun in 1984, Artists' Hands, the series, is both epic and intimate, and, reminds audiences to appreciate artists working and expressing their various devoted visions freely, to inspire, and evolve peaceful cultures throughout the world.
Artists' Hands Grid Continuum installation is ready for a travelling exhibition: 248 Silver Gelatin prints framed in white flat mat 22 x18 inch, will assemble together in a modular pattern, anchored to the walls of the given public venue, onto a-levelled-steel-wall brackets. The installation includes my first handmade letterpress book, "Artists' Hands I" on loan from the J.Paul Getty Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA.
The Moon is Black 1988, 20 x 24 inch Polaroid with a water-color painting floating - 17 inch diameter moon painting in the backdrop right hand corner is an excerpt from the series "The Moon is Twelve Colors." The color Black recalls the dark tragedy of the HIV/AIDS epidemic which emerged in New York City in 1981 when suddenly colleagues and friends were dying-too young- from this awful emergent disease.
My art uses techniques to tell a story I've experienced; Whether I employ silver gelatin photographs, hand-sculpted 2-dimensional paintings on mahoghany doorskin with acrylic and resins; archive ink jet color prints from original scans; or share my rare collection of "vintage 20 x 24 inch color Polaroid and SX-70 Prints:" my art formations are created to classical standards of "how this art archived art object will last the longest possible to share with future audiences viewers."
About Polaroid: These are each unique artists proofs that document a performance. From each series, one was given in trade to the Polaroid Art Collection-- from 1977-1987. Over 200 of my images were sold off in 2010 at Sothebys, New York, NY, from the Polaroid Corporations' Art Collection-- when Polaroid went bankrupt due to the creation of digital photography. Those in trade were purchased by the Westlicht Schauplatz fur Fotografie, in Vienna, Austria along with 3,000 other artists' images.
P A I N T I N G S
36 x 22 inches, acrylic on mahogany door skin, is one example of my ongoing series since 1989, "The Fake-O Cards" inspired by the Haines 1936 deck --used by Hollywood Magic Castle Close-up Magicians to warm up their audiences by producing a card from their pockets or sleight of hand, that does not exist.
All my art is titled by American slang language, words and phrases created by others talking past and present or by me--as in "The Moon is Black," inspired by real-life experiences and restructured into art reinterpreted art objects.
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Race Card, 2020,
54 x 36 inches acrylic, epoxy on mahogany door skin
This painting represents my total disdain for Racism, symbolizing the concept with a celebration of the beautiful and rich colors of our human beings' skin tones-symbolized in the epoxy-surfaced-reflecting-spades.
The phrase race card first came into play in 1995 during the O.J. Simpson trial, coined by one of his lawyers, the late Johnny Cochran and used to describe a racist point of view by one of the defendents ...this painting defies the definition by presenting the various skin colors of human anatomy in each playing card spade symbol instead, as a visual clue to humanism.