We wrap up short interviews with artists participating in the show with the mega talented Oliver Vernon who now lives in Northern California.
My dj friends and I had just built and opened Halcyon in Brooklyn, a dj-lounge/cafe/gallery/mod furnishings shop. I was djing around New York and painting murals in clubs, bars and restaurants. I started doing live paintings at Giant Step parties, which were paid gigs (unheard-of at the time.) Through Halcyon I met a dealer who put me in my first New York group show at the gallery in the Gershwin Hotel as well as the Armory Show.
Painting is a reflection of life, an expression of any given moment in time, it is autobiographical. As times pass and change, so do i and so does the painting. In certain ways I look at what i'm doing now and think that it's basically the same as I was doing 15 years ago, only seasoned and textured with the accumulated experiences of life. The basic principles have remained in tact through the years, but I have pushed evolution in the way I approach and handle the materials, and how the different painting ideas are engaging the surface and each other. I am now much more sensitive to nuance and subtlety, and have a greater consideration for how the different layers are interacting.
I wasn't considering it much actually.
It took some time to get beyond the visual associations that kept coming up.
It's a sure stop for quality art news.
A friend recently was playing flute in the garden. The sound was ancient and soft and carried through the trees. It stopped my mind instantly.
I just finished two new pieces for Joshua Liner's summer group show in New York. Currently I am working on a body of new work for an October solo show at Meta Gallery in Toronto. Also works in progress for next years' solo shows at Joshua Liner Gallery and David B. Smith Gallery. This year I was awarded the First Prize of the Fabriano Museum's International Watercolor Exhibition, and offered a solo show in the museum in Italy for next year.
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