Darrol Shillingburg, Artist
Las Cruces, NM 88007
My abstract paintings are done entirely
in the studio - although much of the inquiry and inspiration are
born in nature. As a way of exploring a deeper inquiry into landscape,
I began (a couple of years ago), experimenting with painting on
a grid, a physical three dimensional grid of string gessoed onto
The idea evolved from a desire to incorporate
a geometry into my landscape paintings - but to do it "differently".
Not as "painted geometry", but as something physical that
would change with the "light", something that would mimic
the subtly of my visual perception of nature.
Because it is dimensional and layered,
each "painted space" responds to the direction, intensity,
temperature and movement of the light around it. The painting is
always the same, but never exactly the same - like nature, from
moment to moment it changes.
There may not be enough "picture"
to satisfy you - not enough recognizable form that you can identify.
Instead, each "painted space" requires your time and attention.
It requires inquiry and listening, openness and neutrality, perhaps
even "boredom". It may require more participation than
Most people who see the paintings wonder
what they are about, but find not enough to hold on to. I tell them,
"the paintings are about the subtleness of light in space
and its effects on seeing and feeling". They are first
of all paintings, then pictures. Each painting is a different inquiry,
a different experiment with paint, light and perception.
If you would like to know more - I have
written some thoughts about each painting so the exploration can
continue. They are available on the web at www.darrolshillingburg.com/ArtSite/abstractPaint.html