The Flashing Muse: I make art for my health
If you know me personally, you might remember that it was just a year ago when I was dealing with a fresh cancer diagnosis, and about to enter treatment. These days, with one-in-three Americans facing similar karma, cancer is no longer a rarity, but a strange and perverse right-of-passage. And whatever the differences in diagnosis and outcome, come face-to-face with cancer and you are changed. I was changed. To paraphrase recently passed Ram Dass, I don’t wish you my suffering, but I wish you the grace and love my suffering awarded me.
World Trade Center, 1978
How grace and love appeared for me was in the permission to self-identify as an artist. All my adult life I hid behind various sales/business personas, never fully fulfilled. Not for the lack of trying! For the past twenty years, I attempted self-actualization through writing commentary about American culture, health and politics, offering a transformational perspective on our overly transactional society. While I never earned a cent from effort, it was a life-changing exercise. I had something to say, and formulated a voice to say it.
Then I got sick. Everything needed to change if I was to transform. I made a deal, with the Divine. I was to be true to myself in order to be whole. So I make art for my health. And I make art to move, inspire and delight. I still have something to say, but using visual art as my voice this time.
The essential nature of my work is to elevate ordinary street scenes into vibrant and spectacular, multidimensional imagery. I use light and reflection to create a multi-layered illusion within a single layer. Transforming the mundane into the magnificent, when it works.
My themes are never predetermined, but the result of some other inspiration that draws me into its web. It requires a suspension of reality, whereby my mind is able to dwell in the mystery. Sometimes lightning strikes. When it does, I’ve followed the spark wherever it leads, which is seen in my themed series of work, if you navigate to the left. I invite you to browse around, and feel free to reply to me with any feedback or impressions.
Ready for prime time
After a few years of evolution, I’m proud to announce that two of my themed series are ready for presentation to galleries for showings and representation.
Dots on Broadway
The inspiration for the series comes from the white “safety” dots affixed to the plexiglass New York City bus shelters. I walked into it while strolling uptown on Broadway one day. The three-sided shelters provided an opportunity to see multiple layers and scenes in a single view. The series has evolved over the past two years to the point I’m calling it complete, and looking for gallery showings. View series here
This series found me while cruising a South Florida pinball hall one day. While I’d played my share of pinball as a teen, it had been years since I’d seen so many cool games in one place. It didn’t take long to find an abstract take on the bright and colorful lights and artwork, so specific to pinball machines. Also two years in the making, this series is ready for prime time. View series here