In viewing art we are doing a type of collage making. We are visiting other places. Places that are somehow us. Recreating the state of mind that is open and spacious, from which all art and feeling springs. We are remembering what other art looked like, and what we are.
I invite you to took and encourage you to respond to this electronic book. I want the paintings, the philosophy, the observations, and the humor to lead you to where you experience your life, not some thought of your life, but life itself. I would like to know if it does. Get in contact and respond!
Visit John Beardmans art from January 11th through February 1st 2018 in the East Gallery at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday 11 am - 6 pm | Opening Reception Thursday, January 11th, 6 to 8 pm.
I paint on old paintings for many reasons. When I bring out an older painting that once I had considered finished, the painting now demands a different structure because my world has changed from when I painted it and there is a type of sacrifice in the willingness to destroy your own. I often contradict what I had been. This destruction becomes growth.
Like nature I make new forms of old. I remember nature. I imagine and re-image nature.
Working on this painting after the video was made I changed it; employing techniques that I have learned. This is a conscious intellectual effort to enhance what was an intuitive, precognitive felling state: an impulse. This resulted in making the transitions and form ambiguities more subtle and accentuating the gestural and wave like implications with thin ground-in lines using, of all things, a carborundum grinder!