Thoughts from my studio about artwork; new pieces as well as those things that have have remained hidden in my flat file...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

A few new images...

Current, Broken
acrylic on acid-free tape on paper
6"x4" - 2007

I thought I would preview two of the works on paper I've finished this week. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. These are two slightly different directions that are being explored simultaneously with the tape drawings.

Where It Does
acrylic on acid-free tape on paper
6"x4" - 2007

These intimate paintings started as a by-product of larger works. Late one night last year, when removing tape that I had used to mask areas on a few paintings, I was sticking the "trashed tape" to the side of my work table and to my wall near my chair. The next morning I walked into the studio and started admiring the images made by the tape on the wall. I started to cut the tape and created a few unsuccessful drawings, but I knew I was onto something.
I started deliberately making these "tape drawings" and found success with a backing material on which to attach the tape while painting it. Then I would cut and remove the tape, rearranging the placement and orientation of each piece of tape on the final piece. This re-mix of the original piece maintains its unity, but provides and additional twitch and flutter that I think directs the viewer into and around the image effectively. Space and form is shifted, re-directing movement in the piece.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these pieces before the open studio next Saturday, shoot me an email ( They tend to go fast. I hope to see you next week at the open studio here (December 8, 8pm-12am).


MCP said...

John - I really love these. The movement and quality of the paint application is unique and a nice departure from your more traditional style. I like how they connect back to the grid, but enjoy the bold movements and colors. In a way, they also remind me of finger paint which adds a fun visceral element to the work. I look forward to lurking on your blog and seeing more!

John M. Adams said...

Thanks MCP! Lurk away.

John M. Adams said...

M, are you still in DC or NYC, I can't remembered if you moved...