#90daysofart Inspiration by @tedlarsenworks
"Even Odds", 2021
9.25 x 11 x 2.25 inches
**all work constructed with Salvage Steel, Marine-grade Plywood, Silicone, Vulcanized Rubber, Chemicals, and Hardware.
"Working within a serialized approach takes discipline. This formal approach automatically offers beginning and ending points, so finding new terrain in between is the struggle. However, only by removing certain variables do new opportunities arise. It is an unusual paradox.
For a few years I have created a square shape sent upon the surface in a way that it is both a surface compositional element as well as a form which bends back into the physical structure of the work. I have visited this basic composition in many different pieces and yet the results have been very unique. I find this exploration endlessly fascinating and will continue to pursue this serialized method of working.
A quick note regarding the composition. A seemingly simple square belies the conceptual magnitude which the work can represent. Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) referred to his Black Square, 1913, composition as the “zero point of painting" which he described at the time as "I transformed myself in the zero of form and emerged from nothing to creation.” So, from this simplest of visions comes the complexity of human experience. Black Square, 1913, asserted itself as an iconic piece of art. It was mounted high on the wall in a corner of a room, a sacred place usually reserved for artistic representations of orthodox saints in Russian homes. Malevich wanted to promote his “zero point of painting” as a religious experience transcending all art forms that had come before. These pieces of mine are an indirect commentary of this aspect of Malevich's seminal work in Suprematism."