Antisymmetric Remarks - 24" X 30 " Inkjet Print on Canvas


Antisymmetric Remarks - 24" X 30 " Inkjet Print on Canvas



This drawing was started in early 2016. I abandoned it about 15 hours into the piece, because of a few stray ink marks outside of the mandala that were distracting and deemed to ruin the piece.  I put the drawing in storage, thinking I'd never finish it - this is pretty rare for me.  I generally start and finish a piece before moving on to the next.

In April 2017 I was honored to be asked to mount an exhibit at the Lone Star and I wanted to do at least one piece specifically for the show.  I decided to show some enlarged ink drawings printed onto canvas, as a way of better using the large space and making delicate and expensive paper pieces more accessible.   

Knowing I could digitally edit a piece before printing, I was freed from the "error" of a few stray marks.  I poured over hundreds of works to choose pieces I thought would best showcase the last year or so of my work.  That review led me to rethink my large never-to-be mandala, and about 80 hours later,well you can see the results.  

I specifically stopped the drawing at about 80 hours, allowing the original drawing to remain forever unfinished.  It is intended to be printed in many sizes and forms later, and only then hand finished  -- making each print a one-of-a-kind piece.

This piece is overtly asymmetrical.  It contains uneven and oddly sized areas that relate loosely with each other, yet spatially they reference the center of the piece, giving it a balanced feel.  The silver leaf was added to give depth and atmosphere and represents a reclaiming of the outside white noise.


Mandalas are typically Buddhist or Hindu spiritual symbols that represent the entirety of the universe.  I ascribe no religious meaning to them personally.  They do indeed contain entire galaxies in and of themselves.  

For me, mandalas are purely meditative works.  They sometimes calm and soothe, and they sometimes reflect movement, chaos, disharmony, or imbalance.  They always seem to map the left and right sides of my brain together in such a way that something new bubbles to the top of my thought process (proverbial "aha" moments) whenever I make them or look at them..

It's this very balance/imbalance that I "sit with" in my mandalas.  How asymmetrical can I make them and still have them appear balanced to the naked eye?  Can I use clashing colors to create movement?  What feelings does it evoke when I stray from the expected repeating patterns?  Do the "flaws" give credibility or distract, or do they simply reveal that part of the journey.

With very few exceptions, my mandalas are freehand, using no compasses or other tools to measure out exact dimensions.  This approach fits my artistic style in general - more a cathartic stream of consciousness than anything carefully planned.

24" X 30" Inkjet print on eco-solvent canvas with silverleaf
Signed by the artist

Shipped rolled (not stretched and mounted)

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