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Lines Continue
posted: August 9, 2010

That whirring sound you hear is probably coming from the grave of Stuart Davis.
 
A good friend of mine just finished rehabbing a building near my studio and he asked me for a painting that could be hung in the entry stairwell. The only kind of painting I can do is done with tape and flat colors, and a lot of touch-up.
Lately, I’ve been looking at Stuart Davis’ paintings and reading about his life and ideas. His work appeals to the graphic designer in me, and it seems to me to be an accurate reflection of American urban life. It also seems to me that Davis developed a style of painting that has been largely forgotten, and that I could maybe extend it a bit.  So my idea was to use Davis’ vocabulary and make a picture of the Pasadena neighborhood. There’s a pawnshop on one side of the building and a porn shop on the other. Main Stem is a jazz phrase that means any main drag of any town. The main street here is called Colorado. Davis put the words “lines thicken” in one of his paintings.
Installation...


Edge detail for Doug...

sad,huh?...

15 comments
Kyle T Webster August 9, 2010
If I could be half the designer you are, I'd be a very happy guy. This is the coolest.
RJ August 9, 2010
Trick an very cool.
sock August 9, 2010
these are killer Paul. Damn you.
E. Tage Larsen August 9, 2010
Nice Davis rip. The Davis hard-edged abstraction isn't very present today. An updated corollary might be abstract vector graphics work. Fwiw, J. Otto Seibold is a huge fan of Davis' and if you can squint you can see where he weaves it in and out. Anyway, great job. You have much better edge control than Stuart did.
David Flaherty August 10, 2010
Nice painting Paul. Stuart Davis had a unique vision.
Greg Clarke August 10, 2010
It's flat, but with a huge depth of field at the same time. I want one.
Douglas Fraser August 10, 2010
What can I say Paul, you know I'm a sucker for these. Keep 'em coming, keep painting. Edges, Edges....
Harry August 10, 2010
Looks like fun. Nicely done, need to look up Stuart Davis.
Christoph Hitz August 10, 2010
Looks great Paul, I wonder what these two panels would have looked, spaced apart by about 2 inches...
Alex Nabaum August 10, 2010
Wow, this turned out great! The color is fantastic!
josh cochran August 10, 2010
you.are.the.man.
matthew hollister August 10, 2010
a seriously great painting, and it looks great in that space.
Jim Paillot August 10, 2010
Superb design. Bigger would be even better! (easy for me to say)
Ellen Weinstein August 10, 2010
Wow! If you ever want to paint the lower east side- I would be honored!!
Victor Juhasz August 13, 2010
Masterful. What a great image. Davis's spirit lives.
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