Loosen up, man

(update 10/16)

Still in love with burlap… I’m also liking the narrow, portrait orientation that the dimensions of the material I have on hand lends itself to. Like many “studies” which sit around for a bit before I revisit them, this piece begins from the first image below in the context of above (particularly this piece).

Also found myself updating my game plan as the red captured my attention and the piece clearly didn’t need to follow my stated path above to be successful. Very close on this one…


(update 8/2)

I’ve taken an interest in the cubes as proxies for brushstrokes (they have 6 sides so each can be presented quite a few ways), and in stacking them as analogous to the way I create compositions. But perhaps more than anything, I’m intrigued by the idea that each installation of them could be a unique, here-then-gone experience, especially since the experiential element of art- the quality of viewing the same- is of the most interest to me in my practice.

By the way, if you want to participate in the “play” you can- click here!

Cube Selector form v4

(Updated 5/25)

This page is the jumping off point for an ongoing project of temporary art pieces.

You can use the form below to give me a prompt in the form of directions, from which I will create an original, one-of-a-kind, temporary artwork of which you will receive a digital image.¬†Below are some images of the materials I will be working with* as well as an (I hope…) up to date matrix of the quantity of variations on color and size of cubes that are my “palate” for these “paintings.”


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While you are waiting to receive an art work back, here is a nice video on some conceptual art work by Sol Lewitt, who helped put cubes and installation art on the map. Sol felt that the art in Art was the artist’s idea, and he democratized artistic practice by ceding the act of creation. In the current cultural moment of 2020, half a century after he began working, I think the paradigm may have flipped- the act of creating itself, in the context of a proliferation of art making the world has previously never seen, is the act of art (and the democratizing effects of platforms which enable anyone to “create” an idea are our new reality). Below the form is an image of the type of prompt I receive, juxtaposed with some of the instructions for one of Sol’s drawings.

*You can also take a look at the Works in Progress section of this blog to see other works in which the blocks are an element (or follow my Instagram feed).



Cube Selector

Welcome, those of you who have participated in the cube selector project (the name is a work in progress, just like the cubes…) and for those of you who haven’t, please participate.

9 cubes of all types with David on 05/20/20


15 yellow cubes with Michael on 5/21/20

6 varied red cubes with Jessica on 5/21/20

9 red cubes with Barbara Anne on 5/21/20


At this point in the project I realized a few modifications that needed to be made to the form, and that sometimes users could input values that on net I couldn’t deliver (in the example immediately above, I did not have any large cubes that were totally red, and was 1 cube shy of being able to “deliver” a composition using 10 cubes with some surfaces painted red).

13 red, brown and white cubes with Tim on 5/24/20

15 red, white, tan and brown cubes with Adriana on 5/27/20

12 red, white and tan cubes with Barb on 5/27/20

“Painting” cubes with light

Some artists do a daily drawing or sketch (or even painting) so I’ve been exploring this processas a proxy for drawing or sketching.


The conditions require some set-up, and I’m finding that there is a limitation to the amount of time that the cubes, once “charged,” will (re)emit enough light to result in a decent photo, so making the images requires me to react quickly to the results of how the blocks reveal the light, which isn’t always entirely known at the time I set them in position for prep. “Yes” I think there will be a medium-term play to display this work, for now it can serve as literally what it is- time to create images quickly, only a daily basis, that isn’t tethered to a need to create permanent art objects.