5 days ago
This painting "Ears Behind Ears" exhibited in my 2014 solo show "My Name is Nobody" at Avis Frank Gallery in Houston, now defunct. The painting was titled after a passage from Twilight of the Idols (Nietzsche) and depicts a close-up section of a still frame from the Leone film "Once Upon a Time in the West." You could think of it as an abstract paintingit would be my first in that case. The main character, nameless of course, is always preceded, in every scene, by the tune he plays on his harmonica, which is the shiny object you see in the middle of the canvas. So the tune itself becomes a character, a past trauma personified, or a disembodied spirit of the past always present. I tried to make a painting that was somehow both very physical and empty. The faint || is the "mark of the religion" which was present, though usually more discreetly than here, in most of my work from about 2011 through 2015. In all these years no one has ever noticed unless I point it out, which I only did among friends.