It has been a busy summer with shows and painting an exterior mural:

The Public Arts Trust of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County asked me to restore the mural I painted at the Bauer Drive Community Center in 2000-1. Not simply removing peeling paint and filling holes, I took it as an opportunity to improve the mural. Keeping the basic composition and major subjects, I added new subjects, heightened the color, introduced pattern, and included naturalistic representation. I like this revised version better than the original.

I showed a variety of work, "We Build against the Night," at the Gallery at the Manhattan Athletic Club in New York City, 722 Park Avenue, from June 2 through August 30, 2014.

I showed "Beyond the Surface" from my Cylinder Series in New York City at The Salmagundi Club, as part of the 60th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, from June 9 through June 20, 2014.

I displayed a selection of mixed-media and collage works from the Mind in the World and the Stranger series in a private showing in Rockville, Maryland, from May 2-4, 2014.

This year and last, I have been developing an idea I worked with in the eighties. At that time, I depicted the "mind" with a hard-edged square of flat, opaque color, while the irrational, energy-filled "world" it occupied was represented with freely applied paint.

In my current "Mind in the World" series, I further explore a variety of techniques, again painting on paper . The absorbancy of the paper, the drying time and transparency of the paint thinned with water, and the flexibility of collage, invite new possibilities. The square remains in tension with the context of the pictorial space, but I find it more appealing now to create more ambiguity with less contrast. In many cases, it is a shift from isolation to integration.

A more radical departure and return is that this use of symbols also includes a simple silhouette of head and shoulders. In "Strangers," I am representing the figure as I did thirty-five years ago in my "Human Carnival" series. Additional variations can be seen in "The Scenic Tour" and "Cylinders," all recent work. Other new work can be seen in Mixed Media. Thus, the last year and a half have been been very productive.

Come the fall, I intend to update this website by changing the format, featuring a portfolio, and updating the inventory.

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