2007: Cumulative Nature

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Full installation view of “Cumulative Nature” @ Carol Jazzar

In 2007 I became represented by Carol Jazzar Gallery in Miami. She wanted me to create a new installation of 48″ x 36″ FL paintings for a my solo show with her in December. The result was Cumulative Nature: North Florida, my first true “passing of the day” one-day, all-day paintings.

The show was reviewed in numerous publications during the Miami Beach Art Basel Fair week and below is a pdf of a review in Art Nexus magazine.

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“Cumulative Nature: Sept. 17″ (FL) 48″ x 36”, private collection Miami

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DETAIL of “Cumulative Nature: Sept. 17”

2007: Painted Woods

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“Two trees: Two Views” (WA) diptych 30″ x 48″. private collection Dallas

This was my fifth solo show at Valley House Gallery in Dallas and they produced a catalog for the show that included a curatorial essay by Tatiana Flores. The exhibition titled Painted Woods, included many of the works from WA that were in the Thick Brush Painting Installation show I had a few months prior at the MAC in Dallas. There were also works from my recent residency at the MacDowell Colony in NH & new paintings from my northern FL “backyard”.

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“Wetland Creek” (FL) 30″ x 30″, 2007. Private collection Dallas

Below is a VERY LARGE (43MB) pdf of the entire 2007 Painted Woods catalog produced by Valley House Gallery. Downloading will take a while.

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“Leaf Greens (NH)”, 2006 30 x 24″, private collection Dallas

2007: “More is More: Maximalist Painting”

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“Triumph of Fall” (NH), 2006, 48″ x 60″, private collection Italy

I worked with art historian Tatiana Flores to help curate a show at the FSU Museum of Fine arts called “More is More: Maximalist Tendencies in Contemporary American Painting”.  Professor Flores wrote a curatorial essay titled The “Ism” in Maximalism for the beautiful  catalog that the museum published for the show. At the time, the word “maximalist” was a made-up adjective we were using to describe paintings that seemed perceptually and conceptually muti-demensional and intense.

We enjoyed seeing the word “maximalist” and “Maximalism” starting to be used about a year later by the New York Times and New Yorker writers but must admit, I wish they could have seen this show because if they had, I know they would have wanted to write about how great it was. One of the artist who came to the opening, Jin Meyerson, mentioned he thought this was by far the best painting show he had seen all year…and he lives in NYC!

You can see images of the show by going to my website and searching under Gallery Views.

The artists in the show were JAMES BARSNESS, DOUGLAS BOURGEOIS, ROB CLAYTON & the Clayton Brothers,  MICHAEL ROQUE COLLINS, ROSSON CROW, REED DANZIGER, DANIEL DOVE, LILIAN GARCIA-ROIG, JULIE HEFFERNAN, MARK MESSERSMITH, JIN MEYERSON, GRANT MILLER, LOREN MUNK, ERIK PARKER, EMILIO PEREZ, LISA SANDITZ, DAN SUTHERLAND, GAEL STACK, MASAMI TERAOKA, NICOLA VERLATO, and ROBERT WILLIAMS…with a special appearnace of a 1966 Peter Saul painting…WOW!

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Below is my brief co-curatorial statement on this concept behind this show titled “How to Do More with More: Embracing Maximalism in Contemporary Painting“. You can click on it to enlarge it so you can actually read it.

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Full “More is More…” catalog pdf (3.6 MB)   2007MaxCatalogue

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2007: Red Clay Survey

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Detail of top left of far left panel of “Fall Paths (NH)”

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Left panel of triptych “Fall Paths (NH)”

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“Fall Paths (NH) triptych, 2006 60″ x 144”. Private collection Connecticut

Fall Paths (NH), my  60″ X 144″ triptych (painted during my 2006 MacDowell residency) was awarded First Place at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s biennial Red Clay Survey: 2007 Exhibit of Contemporary Southern Art” by the juror, Margaret Lazzari. It also won the People’s Choice Award (from the general audience votes) and this was the first time in the show’s long history that both awards had been given to the same work.