K I N E S T H E T I C S
SPACE, MOTION AND SENSATION 1985-1991

Room With a Few

Salsa

Real Life Funnies

World Beat

Wagontrain

This was the first group of paintings that felt unique to me. The experience of painting them was joyful, visceral and musical. They grew out of a conscious choice to narrow my attention to the kinesthetic experience of space. In the tradition of my training in physics, I wanted to ground my research in a fundament of experience (space) -- Not from the theoretical perspective of physics, but from lived sensation. Intuitively, I chanelled this exploration through music and dance -- letting the body inform the process. I began with a simple inventory of objects within my (moving) spatial envelope. I was not so interested in the characteristics of individual objects, as in where they were situated within the perceptual field and how that field was structured by my body and state of mind. I worked with charcoal and gouache on large pieces of smooth watercolor paper (56"X76"). Standing before easel and subject was an improvisatory process, responding to the working materials and to the studio environment (sound and rhythm, for instance, were integral elements). My manner of working (flat patches of gouache paint outlined in charcoal) resulted in a sort of accidental cartooning and facilitated anthropomorphizing. The objects of the outer world were transformed into playful spirits. It was pleasurable work. I felt like a (jazz) musician playing the colors and forms in concert with the unfolding energies of a moving moment.

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