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I backed into this series of work.

I was feeling sorry for myself: tired, constrained, bored finally with the geometric painting I had been making for a number of years, a good part of the decade between 1985 and 1995.  In a somewhat desperate state I took hold of some of my failed geometric paintings and began to erase them by burying the images beneath layers of random, overlapping squiggles of paint squeezed from small plastic containers with narrow spouts on them.  The sudden freedom I felt was positively luxurious and, surprisingly, the resulting surfaces were very interesting to me.  Bits and fragments of the geometric forms could still be seen here and there beneath the layers and there was a shallow but very perceptible depth created.

Very soon I was creating geometric forms that I then deliberately buried as described above, making what became a very intriguing and satisfying series.  The work became pivotal; it moved me from the flat, unmodulated painting I had been doing to a freer, more gestural painting that I have continued to pursue ever since.


“Over and Under: Virginia’s Escape” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series) “Over and Under: Divided Field” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series) “Over and Under: Momentarily” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series)


“Over and Under: Mana 5” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series) “Over and Under: Pearl Street” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series) “Over and Under: Mana 26” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series)


“Over And Under: K-7” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series) “Over and Under: Northwest Wall” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series) “Over and Under: Inside Niagara (Founding Figure)” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series)

“Over and Under: Mana 27” (<em>
                         Over And Under</em> Series)
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