April 1, 2012

Telephone | acrylic on canvas | 26 x 28 inches | © 2012 Darick Ritter

I painted this work, mostly, over Christmas break. But I’ve been sitting on it for this long because I’ve been wondering what to do with it. I always have to fight the urge to overwork, but its triangular format has helped saved me from the usual suffering I undergo by shocking my system with a subtle overlay of content.
It feels like more with less and that seems to please me…
I find it simple, direct and – with the title – to the point. Painting is my technology. Its the medium through which I examine and gain knowledge, not just about myself, but through the perterbation of my work’s effect in others in the world at large.
Though I have made the medium my own, it comes with its own personality within the history of art, which is why I always attempt to stand back with suspician over its capability to affect the beholder.
In the end, though, I believe we all have to acquiesce at some point to the powers that be and I’ve, ultimately, decided to leave it as it is.
But I feel a new series coming on. As we are wont to say: stay tuned
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