New Work at Pulse Miami 2014

I’ll be showing new work at the Pulse Miami Beach fair beginning tomorrow night, December 3, running through Sunday December 7 – with LaMontagne Gallery, booth A4. Info about the fair HERE.


These new paintings explore the Random Walk (RW) process as the accumulation of smaller, sperm/snake/bacteria-shaped marks over a large surface.  They develop the wholly abstract marks of my past RW works into chance-derived,swelling networks of autonomous, tiny entities – the ebb and flow of a kind of microbe population morphology.

I call this body of RW works Panspermia – the hypothesis that life-generating material (microbes, DNA) could be distributed throughout the universe by meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids and spacecraft. Panspermia is one possible explanation for how life emerged from pre-biotic states on early Earth. Could it be that we were flung here from a distant galaxy, that we are no more essential to what we call home than our things or thoughts?

In fact recent research undertaken by the University of Zurich (HERE) shows genetic material can survive the extreme conditions of atmospheric descent.  Some believe panspermia may also serve as the best escape plan, when this home gets uninhabitable.

RW168_(C'mon C'mon)_2014_78x56_Oil_canvas_HiRes

The painting is a negotiation among various contingent agencies – the painter among them.  It withdraws constantly; I experience it partially, inexhaustibly.  But as far as I can tell, it is itself fully: complete and certainly enough.   And after all, as an agent to its formation like any other agent, I am close – a friend – and so I am at least with it in the vanishingly vast process surrounding us, in us, forming us.


I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

RW166_(Thermophile Study)_2014_40x36_Oil_linen_HiRes

Top to bottom:

RW167 (Extremophiles) 2014 72 x 68 inches Oil on linen

RW168 (C’mon C’mon) 2014 78 x 56 inches Oil on canvas

RW169 (Sisyphus) 2014 72 x 68 inches Oil on canvas

RW166 (Thermophile Study) 2014 42 x 39 inches  Oil on linen


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