Mixed mediums, visible and invisible. (Acrylics)


In my view, my primary medium is “information,” an invisible abstraction and ethereal construct used by philosophers, mathematicians and scientists.  At a more worldly level, my primary medium is acrylic paint, applied to stretched canvas. From time to time I will choose to paint on wood.  The acrylic medium is one that has evolved over the years to include paints impregnated with micro-fine reflective materials, mica flakes, metallic, glass beads and the like.  A traditionalist might classify these paints under “mixed media,” but as the artist, I view them as just “paint.”

I have an aversion to frames. I have come to think of them as cages. They are a form of inescapable constraint. Instead I use finials, balls, cubes, sometimes bars and other objects, usually made of wood, to mark points of constraint, dividing dimensions within the work which extend beyond the edge of canvases.  These objects may also tempt some people to classify my work “mixed media.” I argue that when these items serve in place of a frame, my works still do not qualify as mixed media. However, my “non-frames” are both part of the environment in which the artwork exists and at the same time, they are an extension of the piece. So, perhaps my work is mixed media art.

I prefer to define myself as a painter working in information space, expressed materially through acrylics. Occasionally, I do choose mixed media, but there is a difference between one and the other.


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