MOVEABLE TERRAIN

The paintings and prints in Movable Terrain continue my interest in Chinoiserie and Meissen porcelain as a stand in for authentic social experience. These new works combine Chinoiserie with California modernist architecture from the 1940’s-60’s. This collision of the European desire eroticize eastern culture and the American forward looking architectural project of ‘California Moderne’ is a powerful collapse of historical spaces. These spaces are painted fiction, which unites two utopian constructs across time and with the delightful panache of brush, oil and sumi. These paintings also extend a long-term interest in nature experienced by the practice of physical exploration and its conduits found in Japanese woodcuts and Chinese scrolls. The Chinoiserie encapsulates a romanticized, folly like view of the natural environment while the California modernism attempts to stand up to and to frame a nature that is enormous in scale. The intimate against the immense.
The title “Movable Terrain” is a reflection of how compact our lives have become. We live in a time in which we can easily lay filters into and over our experiences. We can pick and choose our histories and create and recreate them as we wish. We can inhabit long-ago historical moments effortlessly and then change the channel. If we only receive the image or experience, we are its consumer; yet if you engage it, as I have tried to do in these paintings, it becomes a kind of movable terrain, a delicious feast of the mind in all these mediated and human spaces.
 


 

Breath Work, oil on canvas, 70x65.5", 2006. Private Collection, Netherlands.

 

Dining Room, oil on canvas, 66x70", 2006.

 

Tidal, oil on canvas, 65x52", 2010. Private Collection, Netherlands. 

 

Monkey Light, oil on canvas, 70x90", 2008-2010.

 

Retail, oil on linen, 24x36", 2008.

 

Neutra Palm Spring, oil on canvas, 24x24", 2010.

 

Terrace (study), oil on canvas, 24x24", 2010.

 
Green Boutique, silver digital print, 14.5x21", 2006.

Green Boutique, silver digital print, 14.5x21", 2006.

Pink Boutique, oil on canvas, 47.5x70", 2006. Private Collection.

 
Emperor, oil on canvas, 60x48"

Emperor, oil on canvas, 60x48"

 
Lingerie Dept, oil on canvas, 36x36", 2010-12. Private Collection.

Lingerie Dept, oil on canvas, 36x36", 2010-12. Private Collection.

 

Cherry Koenig, oil on canvas, 40x30", 2012. Private Collection.

 

Magnolia Park West, oil on canvas, 60x48", 2014.

 

Magnolia Bergen, oil on canvas, 40x30", 2014. 

 

Sofa-Bridge, silver digital print, 14.5x21", 2006.

 

Boutique With House, silver digital print, 14.5x21", 2006.

Usonian, oil on canvas, 48x36", 2012. Private Collection. 

Usonian, oil on canvas, 48x36", 2012. Private Collection. 

 

Purses and a Pool, oil on canvas, 67x84", 2006.

 

Cafeteria, silver digital print, 14.5x21", 2006.

 

Cliff Dwelling, oil on canvas, 24x24", 2006. Private collection, CA.

 

Altadena, oil on linen, 24x36", 2006. Private Collection, FL.

 

Trestle Rock Dam, oil on canvas, 48x36", 2011.

 

Laszlo Pool, oil on linen, 24x36", 2007.

 
  Country Club, silver digital Print, 14.5x21", 2006.

 

Country Club, silver digital Print, 14.5x21", 2006.