There is a big part of me that views art as nothing more than evaluating a given set of rules in order to break them. I remember one viewer of paintings on paper who remarked that paper wasn’t “archival enough” to purchase. OK, no art for you, and excuse me while I go make some more like it.
Here we have a variety of substitute substrates…sub-substrates…that are interacting with processes that are outside the norm. Much like the responsibility of the artist to define when art is finished, this experimentation requires a definition of when art begins, or even if it is art.
As I looked for ways to extend the range of surfaces, I also gave myself permission to experiment with techniques and processes. Corrugated board attached to particle board gave way to painting directly onto the unusual surface texture of the particle board itself. And paint dripping from bottles begat paint flung from rotary “brushes” attached to an electric drill.
For all the shows I have had over the years, the only thing that seems to matter is the inquisitive and problem-solving aspect of working through experimentation. It seems to be the ultimate convergence of science and art.
Lee Shiney, May 2013
May 31 – June 25, 2013
4701 E. Douglas, Wichita KS
Opening reception Final Friday, May 31, 6-8pm