- “Absinthe” 30″x 40″ oil on canvas 201o
- “Absinthe” is a memory piece, or more fittingly like the drink, an inability to recollect piece. The title is a reference to those early 20th century modern paintings of Parisian bars dotted with bottles and glasses by the likes of Picasso, Leger, Braque. I generally remember them all blended into a kind of hazy past something like refractions in a dimmed mirror ball. Also the bright green rectangle in the center looked to be the color of absinthe. I arrived at the composition by photographing several paintings organized in a brick-like arrangement against the wall. They combined to present a reassembled view of the table top theme that I have been working on this year. I cropped the photo and placed it square on a larger white ground, printing the result and pinning it to a wall, which was interesting enough but still not quite right until, a couple of days later, I turned it 90 degrees and the white ground now somehow took on the presence of a room. The white surround gave it a more dynamic open space.