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Frozen Music: Or,The Way you Do Anything is the way You Do Everything…

October 3, 2016

imageSomeone once said, “All art aspires to the nature of music.” I’m not going to qualify a statement like that with descriptions such as “true” or “false”. I will however admit that the phrase has repeated itself over in my mind like a stubborn mantra for the last couple of years. It is in the last couple of years that I have become deeply invested in the meditative process of painting.

Perhaps, according to the quotation, other mediums aspire to the nature of music because pure music (meaning only sound in conjunction with time) is completely devoid of any and all ideology? Perhaps it’s because in playing music it becomes apparent that no moment ever repeats itself? Do not be deceived. A note is never played the same twice. I don’t know…

I’ve played in bands all my life. Punk rock bands, garage, psych, rhythm & blues, honky-tonk. Stuff like that. Stuff where energy and impulse rank higher than technical prowess. The same approach has been translated in this new obsession with painting. The way you do anything is the way you do everything. These nine pieces were created compulsively, with great joy by an untrained hand. I have a profound shyness regarding institutions of higher skepticism. I believe a painting knows how it wants to be painted just as a song knows how it wants to be written. All the artist has to do is not get in the way and let the thing breath through him.

“Frozen Music” is how Goethe described his favorite architecture. I think it applies to these paintings and it’s what I’ve always wanted to call my first art show. Hopefully, each piece tells a story, though I’m well aware that not every piece will reveal its secrets to each individual viewer. Thank you for taking the time to read this statement and for looking at the show. To paint is to love again.



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  1. Nice to read your thoughts. I’d love to needle around ideas of training vs not as goes painting. Training only really seems relevant when painting objects and trying to faithfully render. How could anyone train you how to paint your experience of cold or tedium or anticipation? Please carve put dome time to sit for me this visit ! Love.

    • I’d love to sit for you. I’ll be there Oct. 30-Nov. 3rd. Try and reserve a baby sitter for Nov. 1st? That’s the show at Siberia. Ya know what’s funny is I’ve been strongly desiring formal training in visual and musical mediums since writing this statement and having this show. It’s our duty to change and grow and change again I suppose. Inhabit the full experience of a lifetime. Nothing is true. All is permitted. See you soon. So excited to meet your son. XO

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