“Vortex 2” 1999

Charcoal, conte crayon, and collage.  72″ x 60″.  Collection of Patrice and Herb Miller. The choice to use a vortex was inspired by DuChamp’s “Large Glass” and the idea within the zietgeist of the “The Event Horizon”,  and how that subject is brought home to Planet Earth today in the familiar form of global warming.  […]

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“Vortex” 1998

Oil and collage on canvas. 84″ x 96″.  Collection of Giorgio Furioso I was listening to an interview with John Polkinghorn.  He was speaking about the places where creative events are most likely to appear.  To paraphrase he said that novelty occurs in situations where chaos and order are in close proximity.  He gave a […]

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“Self-Portrait As Sea Monster Contemplating The Moon” 1985

Oil and gilding on byōbu (folding screen). 72″ x 144″ Collection of Gail and John Enns. This was the first of my more or less authentic Japanese folding screens Byobu).  In 1980 there were no books or videos that I could find on this process.  My dear friend Marty Amt (Special Assistant to The Director […]

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“Pilgrimage” 1988

Oil on 2-panel byōbu (folding screen). 38″ x 51″. Collection of the late Kirby Rodriguez. This byōbu was done in Yamanashi Prefecture Japan during my visit in 1988. Fuji was very close by.  My benefactor purchased an old decaying screen from a junk shop and I restored it with new papers and hinges.  It is […]

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“Silver Cage with Grave” 1991

Oil and silver gilding. 108″ x 96″. Collection of David Teplitsky. The cages (& there must be about 20 or 30 of them) were done in protest of the US intervention in El Salvador and Nicaragua.  I saw a picture of the remains of a bus that was attacked by solders on a jungle road.  (a note) […]

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“Memories – Medley” 12-panel byobu 1995

Oil and gilding on byōbu (folding screen).  Collection of Bernice Steinbaum. The wooden cores of this byōbu were rescued by Marty Amt from the dumpster behind the Freer Gallery.  They were the remains of a folding screen Twelve Months – Children at Play.  It is normal that when Asian screens age they are restored and […]

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