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School Yard, or “Our Secret” oil on canvas stretched over plank foam

 

In School Yard, the kind of artifacts you associate with drawings are mixed with painting artfacts and broadcast artifacts  to weave an image with the feel of a film still.

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Ron Evans Space Walk and capsule repair

Granted, there wasn’t real color in these NASA videos, but using color is part of what is necessary to elevate the image above its previous functional use to how we might want to use it today….as a sort of merit badge for those who remember the analog past.

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Space Walk 3, or NASA astronaut suit on Apollo 14 mission in orbit

Apollo 17 Astronaut Space Suit in orbit

Now that there is adequate distance between us and the Apollo program for us to understand it a little better and for us to be awe struck about its brazen activities, and for us to be amused by its excesses, the thoughts of the Apollo missions are now a part of our past, childhood for some, and a secret language between us and out immediate peers. So, I believe it is time to iconize them.

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Situations

Meanwhile, oil on modeled gesso on canvas,  36 X 50″

Staring at the surface of the ocean is not unlike staring at the surface of a TV screen— light bends and loops and arranges itself into patterns that quickly disengage and reform. In “Meanwhile, I painted a water surface onto wavy, modeled ground so that both actual surface and image were moving in different ways, hoping the mix would perhaps gestalt. This image is actually a frame for an inner image (one of the pregnant paintings). The center image shows a fragment from the destruction of Tokyo in an early Godzilla classic. I have no idea what the billboard says but I like the mix of warm fire colors surrounded by cool water colors.

Ethnic Geometry, oil on canvas,  42 X 50″

Ethnic geo takes two architectural structures that are both recognizable even to people who have never been in one, (plains pole lodge and a Sudanese mosque, I believe) and rescales them for comparison and puts them both in rectangles of equal proportions to arrive at a composition that is formal in shape and in color. A modernist composition, possibly loaded, but I like it anyway because while the color is very active, the composition is static and relaxing.

MUSICAL CHAIRS,  Oil on modeled gesso on linen with galvanized steel and organ reeds,  25 X 31″

Walking across 125th street early on a Sunday morning, I found this busted up organ on the sidewalk. Good thing I carry a screwdriver. I reduced it to the essential parts that actually make the notes. One of the images that I had been working with fit the idea of being musical. I had painted a shot of a chair from outside the elevators in “The Shining” onto a deeply corrugated and waving surface modeled with gesso; and the waving chair already resonated like a soundscape. It was then simple to design a galvanized frame to include the working parts of the old organ. The frame can be played by blowing on it or by plucking it.

Morning News, oil on canvas, 28 X38″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Former Tenants, Oil on canvas, 42 X 56″
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More situations

Former Tenants, oil on canvas, 42 X 56″

Taking a cue from double exposures, which remind me of parallel realities, I painted a room along with partial figures moving through it without feet. While working on this, I began to think of people who have inhabited my room in previous years, and the figures took on more of the look of servants to the wealthy. Also used are artifacts that I have observed on television.

 

Cool Hand Luke, mixed media on paper, 20 X 30″

The underpainting is more violent and gutsy. Each layer refined the image, bringing it closer to the way a camera teaches us to see. I think the movie was in black & white and in this it is drawn over an orange ground. Sometimes it seems that subjects I paint have something to do with things I am going through in my personal life but those thoughts never occurs to me until well after the work is completed.

Zulu Gate

Somewhere in Vermont

Illusions- Bucerias, digitally composed photography and graphics. Prints up to  24X36″

Layering 35 simplified illustrations of optical illusions, and 5 photographs of street cooking in Bucerias, and using layer modalities and transparency sliders in Photoshop,  along with other compositing tools, created a digital quilt totally without meaning but kinda grounded in the cook, who was sullenly cooking intestines while his mom prepared the rolls.

TV Room

Joey & Penny

Football

Musical Chairs

 

Read full story · Comments are closed Thom Dougherty, Painting, painter, art, fine art, gallery, television, pop art, color, broadcast TV, design, signage, Verde Valley School, Sedona, landscapes, portraiture, oils, acrylics, oil painting, Baltimore, halation, blur, glazing, rennaissance, Kehinde Wiley, Ed Pashke, Gerhard Richter