Eight minutes and 43 seconds of pianist Michael Kirkendoll’s 11-hour performance of Erik Satie’s “Vexations” inside of Rashid Johnson’s sculptural installation “Antoine’s Organ” at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo., observed on May 5, 2017. The infinite nature of a moment.
Four minutes and five seconds of Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park observed on June 14, 2016. Finding peace in the moment means accepting everything that comprises the moment.
Seven minutes and 51 seconds of the North Lawn of the White House observed on the afternoon of July 15, 2015.
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas / 28 x 22 inches
Self-portrait in hindsight
Acrylic on canvas / 30 x 40
Responsive painting inspired by a live performance of Si!, a composition for tuba and live electronics composed by Karlheinz Essl; performed at Cider Gallery in Lawrence, KS on April 25, 2017 by Brett Keating and University of Kansas Prof. Bryan Kip Haaheim (North American Premiere).
This piece was one of seven spontaneously-produced paintings as I listened to Brett perform six separate electro-acoustic music compositions for trombone, euphonium and live electronics.
Here’s a video of Essl performing Si! in Innsbruck, Austria on November 29, 2015:
Oil on canvas with battery operated LED lights / 30 x 40 inches
Oil, gesso, Christmas lights on canvas / 48 x 36 inches
Plot points for the Christmas lights were determined by star chart for evening of December 18, 2016, looking north from our house in Lawrence, KS.
Oil on canvas / 24 x 36
Oil, latex house paint on canvas / 30 x 40 inches
Inspired by a photograph I took of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, O’ahu, Hawaii in June, 2014. More than 2.3 quarts of oil percolate to the surface from the battleship every day, serving as a reminder to those who visit that the the site is still very active. While it’s obviously not good for the aquatic environment, I find the periodic oil blooms on the surface to be a poignant unintentional feature of the memorial; almost as if the spirits of the 1,102 men that lost their life there are acknowledging the millions of people who pay their respects each year.