-a general statement about the work:
As a visual fine artist, it is customary for me to work abstractly or nonrepresentationally in conventional mixed media; painting and drawing combined. Everything I do is manual. My work is made with old media: cotton canvas on wood stretchers, paint, drawing media and paper. I am a guy who paints and draws and makes collages. Usually this is done in cohesive series but occasionally disparate/anomalous pieces are produced.
Attention is focused upon line and edge, the tactile properties of the material, color and spatial relationships, balance or imbalance; any factors, components or considerations engaged or enacted during the process of visual composition.
My work really isn't about anything other than actual painting and drawing. It is not rhetorically dependent or reliant upon “content” as its excuse. This is art of itself. It is not social engagement. I have no intent in mind other than to make a work of Art. There was never a Plan. Anything evoked within the viewer is the result of the viewer's own perception.
In short; Exploration and refinement of aesthetic criteria comprise my motivation. mh
With accrued hindsite I can see there has been an evolution in the work, and by now, I am perpetually recirculating or modifying ideas and tendencies from the bag of tricks.
I don't pay much attention to any gallery "scene" although, there was a time when it influenced me more directly than it does now. Hardly a "community", it is, rather, a political milieu of cartels and cabals, privileged ol' boy networks or covens of sanctimonious misandrists, a consortium of unholy dysfunctional alliances veiled in the guise of Political Correctitude secured by byzantine gatekeepers, undermining agents, influence peddlers, cavalier academicians gaming The System, getting over -and so on... That's artbiz. They will not succeed in getting me to hate art or to hate New York. -mh
To gain distance from the Dirty Little Story that is contemporary art, it may be helpful to consider The Big Picture as stated below by a math genius friend:
To put things in perspective I like to think of the universe's point of view. If we shrink the universe's lifetime down to a human life span, then a human lifetime similarly shrunk would be about three seconds, and all of recorded human history would be about three minutes. If we engineered a new species of microbe three minutes ago and each microbe lived about three seconds, would we consider it a tragedy if one only lived 2.5 seconds or a victory if it lived 3.5 seconds? Or if a bad microbe election outcome meant chaos for the next 0.15 seconds and damage whose echoes lasted another half-second, would that be a big deal from our point of view? -G. Crockett