Friday, August 1, 2014

New Stufffff

Night Noodles, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 7.5 x 9

Vase and Clock, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 11.5 x 14

Cassis Breeze, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 12 x 10

No title yet, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 12 x 10

No title yet, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 24 x 24

No title yet, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 16 x 16

Night Cart, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 24 x 24

Wilty Ranuculus, 2014, Oil on Masonite, 14 x 11

I've been making a lot of stuff.  Above are a couple. 

I've been pretty productive over the summer, probably made about 30 paintings, plus or minus, and feel like I need to look at what I've been doing.

The main things: I have been working with the figure from invention which has created a lot of weird and bad stuff but also been very, very satisfying.  

I have been pushing myself consciously away from so much white and 'atmospheric fog' as I call it.  Trying to establish different sense of space which has brought me to working with a lot of blue and black.  I can't decide if I am now relying on it in the same way as the white but I don't think so.  

Unconsciously, I have started doing a lot of scraping and wiping through to previous layers which in person has added to the surface in a way I like.

I have continued to try to make paintings I have never made before: especially in color and composition; attempting to both empty out and fill entirely in terms of comp.

I put a couple other things on my website too.  It feels good and weird to have so many new things floating around.  I'm just not sure what to make of them.  I don't feel like they completely belong to me yet, if you know what I mean?  All these strange new personalities marching around the studio.  


derrick quevedo. said...

OMG. "Night Noodles." !!!

Also, is that a Matissean nod with the upside down triangle in "No title yet?"

Unknown said...

I love your new work, especially the untitled piece with the vivid blue background. A modern twist on Bonnard's self portraits. Quite unsettling in a very good way.

Aubrey Levinthal said...

Thanks Derrick! Not a conscious nod but I think being in France, Matisse osmosis-ed into my brush. He is omnipresent there.

And thanks so much Cynthia! Bonnard too is a constant in my mind and in southern France.

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