work > chance pattern (2009- )

These paintings and works on paper began as a reaction to intuitive image making: I wanted to see if a pattern determined purely by chance could result in a composition that was as balanced or dynamic--successful--as one that was made deliberately or instinctually.

In the early experiments I relied on playing cards or dice to "place" the elements, which I established beforehand. Their criteria were simple and basic: half-inch-wide bars and pure primary color and/or black and white; opposing bars would never touch, enabling "negative" shapes to be produced as a result of the chance rhythms. Because I was using a deck of cards (minus the face cards) and a single die, the lengths of those bars were based on the numbers those games of chance use (1-10 or 1-6). For the later work I made spinners and decided to begin at the beginning, using the numbers 1 and 2, and later 1, 2, and 3, to determine not only the lengths of the bars but also to establish the colors I'd use (pure complements for 1 and 2 or pure primaries for the latter combination).

Although there were times when the temptation to "disobey" the spinner was great, I did not and would be rewarded with what I consider to be surprising and interesting outcomes. I also found the process to be freeing rather than restrictive.

More recently I've isolated the negative shapes produced by the 1, 2, 3 patterns. They conform to other criteria based on scale, intersection, and movement within the plane.

The newest group of paintings is based on the number 4. They employ a visible grid that as a result of chance begins to fall apart, thereby creating new patterns and shapes. The color is determined by using 2 sets of split complements.

red shape on gray w/blue and yellow
acrylic on panel
28" X 28"
2010
blue shape on gray w/red and yellow
acrylic on panel
28" X 28"
2010
yellow shape on gray w/red and blue
acrylic on panel
28" X 28"
2010
yrb intersection 2
acrylic on panel
12" X 16"
2010
rby intersection 2
acrylic on panel
12" X 16"
2010
byr intersection 2
acrylic on panel
12" X 16"
2010
byr intersection 1
acrylic on panel
12" X 16"
2010
rby intersection 1
acrylic on panel
12" X 16"
2010
yrb intersection 1
acrylic on panel
12" X 16"
2010
ob horizontal
acrylic on panel
5" X 40"
2010
cp/py 1ab
gouache on paper
17" X 24"
2009
round and round...1
gouache on paper
24" X 24"
2009
round and round...2
gouache on paper
24" X 24"
2009
luck of the draw 5
graphite/colored pencil on paper
24" X 24"
2009
luck of the draw 3
graphite/colored pencil on paper
24" X 24"
2009