Acrylic, canvas and plexiglass, triptych
25.5 x 23 " closed
Blue Mountain Gallery
"I had been thinking about the Y2K problem of computers suddenly operating as if it were 1900 and wondering what would happen if all of a sudden my brushes would only paint 1900-style paintings. Which 1900? Homer, Cezanne or Matisse? I had started with the idea of painting a more truly nineteenth century painting, but discovered as I painted the waterfall that while it is good to understand the past art, it is impossible (and undersirable?) to recapture that approach to landscape. I painted an imperfect image of the past, with more modern elements and style intruding. The modern layer was also difficult to formulate; in the end I decided that the technological computer imaging should be tempered with gestural abstraction, so that the past has a role. I used the computer to manipulate the waterfall image, adding text (the words "addition" and "subtraction") to form some of the textures." - A. D.