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Wabi Sabi Series, Paintings on Reclaimed Wood, 19

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Finding beauty in the simplicity of everyday life and materials is something artists have explored everywhere in the world, from Folk Art, to Arte Provera, Surrealism, Fluxus, Dada, Wabi Sabi, Funk, Beat, etc. etc.

In Ab Ex or Abstract Expressionism, a similar idea was explored because the intention of painting became a simple action, and it was about the surface. Painting was no longer a depiction, but something in and of itself. Stripping it of references made the viewer pay attention to details inherent in the material and have their own visceral experience. Ab Ex often became atmospheric. Twombly, Rothko, Pollock, Diebenkorn, (when you look at his washes).

Rather than laboring over a painting, it became about immediacy and being so in the moment that each action of the hand and body counted. There was a purity to it in which the ego of the artist was removed and you could see it.

This little green painting is also an example. Everything in it, though simple, feels natural, like it just appeared without artifice. The rusty red peaking through, the white blotch (already there), the knot of the wood with its sap interacting with the emerald green paint to create a deeper color, and the soft calibration of greens that make it shimmer: these are all the things that you notice because it is simply there without needing to be justified.

This little guy weighs in at 11.5"X9.5"

Wabi Sabi Series, Paintings on Reclaimed Wood, 19