String Painting 1999-2003
This new technique of painting ties together many of my interests over the past 20 years. The paintings on string show the transitory nature of the perceived image and the intervals between the strings give a sense of the ‘blackness behind all things.’ One looks at and through the image at the same time. As the images are reduced to thin lines, I compress and ‘digitalize’ the image into strips and find some interesting results. For example in some of these works, the thin lines of color achieve additive color mixtures more effective than the Pointillists. As time is space, a new visual space is also achieved by the fact that the viewer needs to change the focal point from the strings to the image within.
According to physicists and mystics, matter is composed of small particles and is actually mostly empty space. These paintings, in a sense, mirror this idea. The image hardly exists at all, except in the mind.