Friday, August 19, 2016



What are spirals and vortexes? Are they optical illusions? If so, then how do I define an optical illusion? An optical illusion is a noun. It is something that deceives by producing a false sense of reality.

If optical illusions of spirals and vortexes are illusions that trick the most keen observer by creating a warped sense of reality, what is reality? Some, would argue that reality is an illusion. If so, then I must define reality. Is reality a construct or a fabrication in the mind? What about time? Is time an illusion? Maybe people feel more comfortable accepting this question. Reality and time are difficult ideas to wrap my brain around. These concepts of time and reality are abstract, as are my artworks in this blog post.

In my early education, I can recall the idea that time was on a schedule and was linear. Time is anything but linear! However, I was young and in school in need of structure. Maybe that was all an illusion in that I needed that to understand my relationship with time as a construct for my reality.

Spirals and vortexes are recorded or drawn out in time. In other words, these designs or lines are vertical lines that are warped to give the illusion that time is no longer linear, but curved as in spirals and vortexes. What if time and reality are systems that are theories which are both linear and curved?
After all, theories are just theories until someone changes the facts of misperceptions. In the end, I would argue that both are human constructs that give us order out of the chaos that is life.
Therefore, I believe we decide to choose how to observe spirals and vortexes through time. Which one is an illusion?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Two Places at Once

This is my first artwork since my move to Seattle on November 3rd and November 21, 2014 is my first artistic expression. My thought process was the notion of memory in both the past tense and present tense. I wanted to capture the present as though it was fading out, while reminiscing over the past. Hints the title Two places at Once, time is relative we can not physically be at two places at once. However in our minds in the realm of imagination we can, and art allows for these kinds of instances to occur, by believing what we are perceiving to be true.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Artists Create and Are Manifestors of What they Objectively Desire

Artists Create & Are Manifestors of What they Objectively Desire....
Please ponder on this for a moment...
This is what I had wrote in a dream journal as I awoke from a dream the night before. This statement was on the title of a over sized book that appeared in my dream and it was the last thing I wrote down in my dream journal.

It never ceases to amaze me how clear the sub conscious mind is. There's a lot to mind that we don't fully know or yet alone understand. As an artist I find this very interesting, but back to my original thought, or the idea that's listed above ( Artists Create & Are Manifestors of What they Objectively Desire...) artists are creators and the prolific ones are always creating. Whether they create something recognizable or not is not the point, the point is they create from a zero point, that point is where everything begins. In other words create from nothing and turning it into something. The second part is are manifestors. To manifest is to bring into the existence of reality. What they objectively desire? Everyone has a desire for something, so it depends on how specific you want that desire to be as objectionable.

The artist uses material and changes its orientation function or purpose by reconfiguration or realignment for a new purpose and meaning of the essential material. As the artist uses a plethora of materials and chooses a specific material and changes its essential or basic properties by evocation; the materials new purpose provides meaning that's personal and of value to the artist.
Drawing is a way of seeing and relating to the world through understanding.
art,artist, image maker /creator, imagination, and image

Art without feeling is the practice of visually translating what is objectionably logical through the faculties of reason.

Is the practice of visual art strictly a way of communication that is between the viewer's eyes and cerebral cortex?

Visual art is a language that's understood by the eyes...

Visual art can do a lot.
evoke,provoke emotions
communicate ideas,thoughts,experiences,relations.
Is purely abstract art any more or less irrational than representational art?

Monday, January 24, 2011


As an artist, I have defined the work I do as nonobjective or abstract. The video title says it all, REFLECTION OF RESOLUTION. In this video piece, I have created an art work that may not need anymore further explanations...Right. Wrong, in this world we live in a world where we need to understand or have an understanding of everything in this world. This is definitely true in the art world where everything that is created and expressed is on a visual basis. In my opinion, the visual arts is the most misunderstood of all the other art forms. Why? Because it is an expression of the creator that is solely relied upon the visual world, and people need to be informed on how to see. Many people go through their lives and never stop to question what it is that they see, yet alone how it evokes an emotional response to what they are observing. My art video is simple and yet appears to be complex. Complex compositional y that is in the media in of itself. My intention in the title of this work, is to bring the viewer to question the nature of reflection, and the reflection of what. The reflection of the camera reflecting in on it self. There was some editing involved, as far as transitions and title were concerned. This brings up another issue in art. Should there be any editing in an artwork, as far as production and post production are concerned? I understand we live in a world where media is driven by post production and special effects which are at their prime.
In this recent video, I did
not want to get too caught up in the post production aspect of the video. In fact I believe I have struck an equilibrium between the two; in that I have left some familiar or those not so familiar icons on the screen. By reminding the viewer that they're viewing an art work that happens to be a video, and not something that has been put into a production company's special effects software. When viewing the video art work, I wanted to bring the viewer, to find the visual tension between what draws them into the picture plane of abstraction and at the same have ques or icons that bring them back into the reality or nature of what the work is in of itself. Will we ever be able to see art for what it really and truly is? Art and artists have to compete with so much, over visual stimulation. Will media and media driven culture cancel artists and their works out? As artists seek to connect their viewers to question the nature of observation, and seeing the world through the eyes of their creations, there will always be a cultural necessity; for that's why I feel there will always be a place for the visual arts and artists.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Megacities Opening at Haley-Henman

My opening at the Haley-Henman gallery was a smashing success! My mother is pictured between a couple of the images.
It features all new leniticular prints, which allow for multiple images and colors to be viewed in single piece. The show runs through November 27, 2010 . You have to really see the work in person in order to enjoy the full experience. I put together a full soundtrack for the opening, alluring the viewer and enhancing the experience of the works.
Please stay in touch with my website to see the video of the exhibition of the show.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

John Pomara's Solo Show at Barry Whistler Gallery

John Pomara's current solo exhibition at Barry Whistler gallery was quite the spectacle.
This professor of art at UT Dallas' show is titled Arrival and Departure; in the show his work features oil enamel on aluminum and digital prints that are mounted on aluminum as well as some smaller prints that are framed. The exhibition lasts through February 27, 2010. This new body of work is very different from his previous show at Barry Whistler's Gallery in 2007.
That show titled Digital Dating in 2007, was an interesting body of work; for me it was more of a series that was dealing with urbanism and urban development. In other words, it was more about taking a risk by trying something new and different than in his previous work.

When I first came across John's work was in 2003/2004 at the Dallas Museum of Art's 100 year show. He had his painting placed adjacent to Jasper Johns' painting titled Device. I began following his work ever since. Within a couple of years he was awarded the Texas Legend award, and had a retrospective of his work of how his work has progressed over the years, at the Dallas Contemporary Gallery. In my opinion it is his work that focuses on the first inspired print screw ups that has made his art stand out from others of his generation of painters.

John's recent paintings are really quite subtle. The casual observer could easily miss their minimal beauty and nuance. However, in his digital prints they do just the opposite. In some ways or another the two different bodies of work are like North and South magnets. It is therefore a great Arrival and Departure for the artist and those that are supportive of his new direction.

I feel fortunate to know the artist and am happy to be his neighbor.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Calendar for 2010

As a visual artist, I always find it challenging to put together artwork for the upcoming year on a calendar. It's simply a challenge because you want each month to be as gorgeous as the next, and hopefully annually as well. In previous years, making a calendar was a way to show my various works through different medias while focusing on the constant theme which is abstraction and illumination. Each year was a mixture of photography and digital.
This years 2010 calendar was consistent in digital media and in the formulation of the nonobjective.
In my calendar, I have shown some new work that has stages or layers for some images I will possibly format into lenticular prints. Most of the calendar is set up to show you these individual images and how these pictures could be seen independently and beautifully on their own.