I am frantically trying to stretch and prime canvases while staying away from the bees and wasps that are flying in and around my studio. I have the doors open to limit my exposure to fumes, so they keep coming inside. I know they want to sting me, and possibly kill me, which is making me crazy since I am terrified of bees and wasps. In any case, I am grateful that no one is around to watch me behave a total spaz. Today I have chased one with a broom and accidently sprayed poison on my arm. Nice. So much for keeping away from the fumes. Anyway, enough about that.
I want to share the work of one of my favorite contemporary abstract painters, Steven Seinberg. He is having an exhibition in New Orleans at Soren Christensen Gallery, and I truly hope to make it down to see the show in person. You can see the whole show online by clicking the link above, but here are images of a few pieces from his show.
Center of Rest II
oil and graphite on canvas 36 x 50
WOW. I know this is breathtaking in person. Love the hint at a horizon line that completely falls apart as your eye arrives at the thin gauzey shapes that are sliding down the surface. Sublime. And divine.
oil and graphite on canvas 30 x 30
This is another one of my favorites from this exhibition. I love the way these primal marks are shrouded in a hazy gray. It reminds me of how it feels to keep quiet when you really want to scream. Or worse.
oil and graphite on canvas 80 x 64
Beautiful. This seems almost magical. It takes me to a place that is almost innocent or pure, like the instant you awaken from sleep, the moment before you are completely conscious. Before life hits you like a ton of bricks in the form of awareness.