Layers, revisited

Some more random thoughts on layering, etc., from my studio journal:

"Layers - subliminal tension of three-dimensional against two-dimensional? Because when we see 'stacked' things it reads 'space' but we know that (physically) it's 'flat.' Illusion in abstraction? Is my layering abstract, in the 'traditional' sense? Or is it fully representational of keystones, hearts, etc.? Think more about the appeal of layering (J. Johns, et al)."

(The appeal could be related to the appeal of the grid to many artists [including myself]: another way of working, by degrees, with a "ready-made" matrix or pattern that vibrates across and through your image area).

Indeed. Oh, and read the Matisse essay by Peter Schejldahl in this week's New Yorker magazine. (Aug. 29) It's good. I'll be posting some poignant quotes from it later on.

benvolta  – (Friday, 26 August, 2005)  

Why do you think that the grid is so appealing for artists? Is it because it gives us a system to explore within? I love the grid also, sometimes too much.

A general appeal towards layering for me harkens back to that first time I learned how to use the layer feature on adobe photoshop. I was amazed at that feature. Wouldn’t it be nice if the physical world had features like photoshop, where you could hide, delete and lock physical layers. Oh well…

I see the paint that you place on your “found” surface as a sort of layering process. Do you consciously think about this as you plan your paintings?

benvolta  – (Friday, 26 August, 2005)  

Why do you think that the grid is so appealing for artists? Is it because it gives us a system to explore within? I love the grid also, sometimes too much.

A general appeal towards layering for me harkens back to that first time I learned how to use the layer feature on adobe photoshop. I was amazed at that feature. Wouldn’t it be nice if the physical world had features like photoshop, where you could hide, delete and lock physical layers. Oh well…

I see the paint that you place on your “found” surface as a sort of layering process. Do you consciously think about this as you plan your paintings?

benvolta  – (Friday, 26 August, 2005)  

Why do you think that the grid is so appealing for artists? Is it because it gives us a system to explore within? I love the grid also, sometimes too much.

A general appeal towards layering for me harkens back to that first time I learned how to use the layer feature on adobe photoshop. I was amazed at that feature. Wouldn’t it be nice if the physical world had features like photoshop, where you could hide, delete and lock physical layers. Oh well…

I see the paint that you place on your “found” surface as a sort of layering process. Do you consciously think about this as you plan your paintings?

benvolta  – (Friday, 26 August, 2005)  

ahhh did not mean to post the same thing three times!!!

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