Paul Walcott "18 Days in October"

Opening Reception Friday Nov 7th. 5:30 - 8:30pm
Show runs until Nov 31st. 2014

Artist Statement
Our vision is subjective. I am interested in the way our sense of sight is interwoven with our thoughts, opinions, interpretations, memories and perhaps even dreams. As a visual artist, and more specifically in the process of painting, it has long been my intention to attempt to suspend, as best I can, any pre-conceived notions or thoughts about the way I see. It has been my belief that the more the surface layers of daily distraction, including intellectual thought, can be transcended, the more clear and unobstructed my vision would be, and thus a deeper truth might be unveiled through the work. However, I believe our past experiences cannot be fully removed from the way we observe the world. The process is and always will be imperfect, and memories, thoughts and emotions linger like trails of smoke, warping and leaving marks in that clear vision in ways I am learning to embrace. Of course our past and our environment help make us who we are, and often in these "imperfect" moments in the filtering process, when thoughts and memories seep through, and if I don't resist, that the subjective and non-subjective are united, suggesting a real dialog between myself and the work, and the process itself.

In a more literal sense, the task of filtering our vision in ordinary life can be overwhelming and a significant challenge. The complexities of all the visual information, including the color we are all bombarded with every day, can dull our senses through overstimulation, and we end up "seeing" nothing but our own thoughts. Or not even our own thoughts, but a conglomeration of everyone else's from the workplace, institutions, and the all pervasive media. In my meditative process of painting I am attempting to allow my vision a quiet place to regain it's capacity for precision and subtlety. The paintings in this series are explorations in an attempt to find that genuine dialog, where subtle blending of color, contrasting with shape and line, create somewhat ambiguous, multi-layered surfaces with shifting focal points. The work mirrors the way in which vision itself is experienced, where aspects of past and present, figure and space, memories and meditations, are all woven together in a mysterious flux, and where multiple layers of reality, past and present, are suggested.