Monday, August 04, 2008

Kevin Finklea On Position

Position is certainly a central issue in my work. This has been the case for at least 30 years.

There is the most obvious matter of where I physically place my work when installing it in a given space. The work is often times inherently ill at ease; as most everything I do hovers between object and painting. Drawing directly on the wall serves my purposes but really screws the space up further still. I see all of this working in concert producing situations where the work appears to simply not know which thing it wants to be. Here you’d say it’s position is not clear.

I think all of this is fine. It pretty much sums up my experience from day to day. I consciously push the notion of position further with my color compositions. How can I take the positioning of the color to a place where the painting is almost falling apart? How can I push the pigments to heighten this? Can I position the color and it’s intensity so that the object resists being read integrally?


Kate Beck said...

I too am concerned with the physicality of work -- the relationship between body and mark -- and mindful of how other artists might acknowledge and use this, or choose not to. Line is intense and brutally personal, as Kevin so eloquently points out, and it is the balance through color which tempers and diffuses -- when we find it.

The paintings are beautiful. Thanks for a nice post, Kevin --and John.

-Kate Beck

John Tallman said...
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John Tallman said...

Thanks so much for the comment.

It's much appreciated.