No Pilot

 

No Pilot, Mixed media on paper, 18” x 12”  The great disappointment of success is learning that those in charge have no idea what they are doing.

 

No Pilot, Mixed media on paper, 18” x 12”

The great disappointment of success is learning that those in charge have no idea what they are doing.

Ranch

 

Ranch: Mixed media on paper, 18” x 12”  Is there any distinction between criminal acts between individuals and those that are institutionalized?

 

Ranch, Mixed media on paper, 18” x 12”

Is there any distinction between criminal acts between individuals and those that are institutionalized?

Butchery

Butchery, Ink and watercolor on paper, 9” x 12”

Autophagia is intuitively related to factory farming and is ultimately implicit in the pornographic violence of the slaughterhouse.

Pony

Pony, Oil and bound charcoal on canvas, Approx. 50" x 48", circa 1990

Pony, Oil and pigmented glue on canvas, Approx. 50″ x 48″, circa 1990

Elusive flying pony. Fallen skater. Two poles divided and united. Ambivalence between fear and dreams.

Technique
This was created in the rooftop studio at 142 Roebling Street in Brooklyn when the rest of the building was still occupied by garment workers. The painting has an underdrawing of natural wood charcoal submerged in hot liquid glue that temporarily suspends the charcoal dust and then dries into the canvas to make an impervious drawing. Layers of transparent oil paint and pigmented turpentine washes complete the image.

Levitation

Magic Hat Trick, Oil and bound charcoal on canvas, Approx. 50" x 48", circa 1990

Magic Hat Trick, Oil and bound charcoal on canvas, Approx. 50″ x 48″, circa 1990
Collection Peter Corens, NY

Sometime in the late eighties or early nineties I was doing a belly crawl through the stacks at the New York Public Library for archival illustrated books on the topic of magic. I encountered a late nineteenth century edition of a book simply entitled Saltimbanque.