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— Catalogue Essay by the Artist

Extraordinary Measures:

 

Leonard Brown. July 2010

 

The Greek word 'Thesis' holds the meaning - a demonstration of where one finds oneself in time and space.  Following this vein of thought every painting I paint is a thesis.  Within the context of an exhibition this thinking is aired, being dynamically magnified.  These occasions present the opportunity for a personal declaring through the medium of Painting. 

 Painting is my method for this engagement with time and space. It offers a vehicle for the formalization of thought. At my present age of 61, it has attained more than a familiarity - it is what I do. "What I do is me, for that I came".  For as long as I can remember I have painted.  Painting is my medium of choice for this life's work 'of demonstrating where one finds oneself in time and space'. Inbuilt into the act of painting, part of its nature and its necessity, is the joy of embracing a dimension of reflection.  From where summations as well as affirmations are made possible - unavoidably - preference along with prejudice, are included in the mix. One's limitations also become subject- humanizing the activity. All these strata form the matrix of a painting. Collectively considered, this is the stuff from which transcendence is formed, the "garlic and sapphires in the mud", of T.S.Elliot, the material of becoming. 

Ideally, the present moment is held and maintained by an attendant precision. Simultaneously - somewhat paradoxically, this focus in the moment is accompanied by a degree of unselfconsciousness.

The past is visited by personal memory and by a communal memory that is inherited - much of which remains unclaimed.  In the stillness of the moment - where the past is also present - determined by the precision of ones aim - the future is targeted. 

Dynamic alternatives in the rhetoric of time and space perception do exist. In particular in certain so called 'primitive' cultures, the present can be perceived as that which is at your feet.  The past... is all that is in front of you, the future... well that resides behind, in a zone more difficult to grasp, though not impossible to experience - turning the head backwards.

In Greek thought, the 'escaton' refers to a Divine Economy where nothing is lost - where the dimensions of past, present and future are all inclusively held, without any paling or diminishment. 

This current exhibition gathers, and utilizes a range of my life's resources.  Assembling not only what I know but also what I do not know - the harmonic but also the disparate. If there is a measure of pragmatism, I hope it is held in balance by mystery?


Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.