This is the process which is similar for most of these paintings/prints:
First I made a charcoal drawing and the photo of my hands. I scanned the charcoal drawing and printed both images on a high quality print paper. Next I use a model of the Cartesian diagram:
(some are actual "Turtle" diagrams:
and paint with a brush, multiple strokes of thick, acrylic paint, the diagram. I paint in the direction of the arrows, using these arrows as instructions, (like the instruction of code for algorithms, computer software, etc.). During the process of applying the paint I use various Asian painting and calligraphic techniques involved with internal, philosophical concepts as well as physical aspects including breathing, projection, etc.
July 28, 2013 cont.
The calligraphic image in Asian Art is a spontaneous single, continuous event that is however the end result of a many thousands of actions, (practice). The Asian artist emphasizes the freedom of spontaneity but this freedom lies in repeating an action.
My repetitive action (applying thick paint thick paint in a repetitive action to build up the surface) emphasizes the rigid framework of contemporary society.
These dots are the patterns from a photograph I took of clover blossoms in a patch of grass in my yard. There are algorithms that imitate the randomness of these patterns that are used in computer applications. Here the patterns are of clover, but other patterns are of poison ivy, flower blossoms on a shrub, etc.
Here again as with the scanned brush stroke juxtaposed against the actual brush stroke, I am attempting on one level to reverse the function of computer art replicating aspects of traditional art-making with a process that replicates algorithmic art using traditional hands-on painting.