- Acrylic on canvas , 1979
62 x 60 in
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I grew up in Brownsville, in Brooklyn. I now live in Chinatown. Lower East Side. I wanted to be a teacher growing up—and I became one.
Matching paint to paper:
My father was a general contractor and sometimes he needed to match paint to wallpaper. He said he was color blind and asked me to help him match the paint to the paper. I think as a result of that experience I preferred working with color as the subject matter. Instead of painting like an action painter or an abstract expressionist, I looked for ways to organize paint on the canvas/paper. I did collages that resembled Rothko.
Color distribution games:
After trying different papers, graph paper was the kind of paper that freed me. I created games to distribute color. The game I finally chose was to use factors of the width of the canvas, i.e., if the canvas was 60 inches wide, I would use factors of 2 (2 x 30 = 60), 3(3 x 20 = 60), 4 (4 x 15 = 60), 5 x 12, 6 x 10. For example, if the process of distributing the colors began with red, I would start marking off an area 10 inches from the left side with masking tape. That’d be step one. Step two would be: 30 inches across I would tape the second vertical line, then the horizontal line ten inches from the top, then 30 inches below the first horizontal line. It’s quite the complicated and tedious process.
I enjoyed color field painting. Mostly paintings that are colorful. Hard-edge geometric paintings.
Peace, strength, harmony:
I have only my most recent work with me now. They are about color but no systems. They give me peace, strength, and harmony.
More fun with colors:
I like all colors. And I greatly enjoy mixing colors. And systemic painting, to me, means having a method to plot color. And I think that people like abstract work because they like the beauty that colors can make.
And Op Art?:
A clash of colors.