Sometimes, Someone, Something, Somewhere, No 4.
Curious about how my exhibit at the Secord was received, I asked Phil, the owner, about it. He said: “One fellow referred to the work as being more ‘talkative’. which at the very least made it clear that he was looking with an already experienced sense of your work.“
As well, a child, perhaps 5 years old, asked why there was a little orange rectangle in the bottom right area of Sometimes, Someone, Something, Somewhere, No 4. Phil covered the little rectangle and asked her if she still liked the painting. She then seemed to understand why it needed to be there. If only more adults would look at a painting that way.
Meanwhile the painting goes on, continues in my studio, with a renewed burst of conversations. Conversations between the paint and the canvas, between the canvas and me, between all three of us. I am fascinated by the realization and labelling of the work being more talkative. I wouldn’t have put it that way, but it is so accurate. Public conversations were very difficult for me most of my life. But not so much now. And that it shows in the paintings is confirming.