Monday, February 11, 2008

Creighton Michael


Almost everything Creighton does is either cursive or calligraphic in nature. Even his wall sculptures have a sort of "penmanship" to them. A lot of his wall sculptures look like 3 dimensional calligraphy. So it seemed rather odd to come across something that was akin to an "infinity net"; like the painting below - "Mesh 799" from his Notation Series of paintings. But when I look at this painting, to the right, titled "Field 1702" from his Field Series, I can see how he got there.

Funny thing about the Field Paintings; they have to do with ocular migraine events or auras. There's really no good way for me to relay the information that you will find tremendously fascinating and enlightening if you'll go HERE and read for yourself. This puts an entirely different spin on what makes an artist paint what he paints. Some reasons are much more real than others.

His site doesn't have an Artist Statement, per se; you'll find that information on his Online Gallery page. He's left it up to us to search through various links in either the Critical Reviews or Current Exhibitions sections for further insight. But with some searching, you are rewarded with good information about his work. And the more you learn, the more meaningful his oeuvre becomes.
My first visual encouter with his work was a painting from his Impact Series and I was attracted to the calligraphic nature of his marks. After some Googling I came across his site and hung onto it. Periodically I'd look at a few of his works here and there, but never really took the time to understand what he was doing - or why. My rescent research has definately been very rewarding and thought provoking. His oeuvre adds volumns to this particular school of painting and artistic expression.
When you go to his WEBSITE, spend some time and check out all his work.
A site where you can view a dozen images of both his paintings and wall sculptures on the same page is the Lesley Heller Gallery. And you also can see 10 images of his paintings on 1 page at Galerie Egelund.

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