My painting series of 2016, “Complex Transition” is 100 abstract Mixed Media paintings on Stonehenge paper, paper size 8″ x 10″, image size 6″ x 8″. It was at the end of 2016 I did this series, created as I approached my nonagenarian birthday year. I was concerned and confused on the great divide in America; it was my view that many concerns we have about the American art scene today are also immersed in the same ‘complex transition’ issue, fueled by the politically and socially divide that grips America at this time.
You hear many public and official political comments, that this-or-that is ‘complex,’ or this-or-that is in ‘transition.’ But what does all that mean? A dictionary definition of ‘complex’ and ‘transition’ may help.
Complex can be said to be; “having parts so interconnected as to hamper comprehension or perception of the whole”; ‘transition’ means “a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.”
The “Complex Transition” painting series and essay seeks to illustrate that the social, political, cultural life we live today exhibit a ‘complex’ and ‘transition’ existence simultaneously. Combined, the complexities and transitions resolution can’t be resolved independently; but must be viewed, as complex and in transition simultaneously. To view images: scan the QR: or see YouTube.
What happens when the political-social milieu are immersed in a “complex transition.” My abstract art explores but does not explain the conundrum. Most all empires ‘fall.’ See my other 100 painting series AD 476: the Fall of the Roman Empire: is the U.S. Subject to a ‘Fall?’
READ MORE ON MY PERSONAL “COMPLEX TRANSITION ‘TRIP’: LEAVING MY HOME IN MEXICO AND GOING BACK TO AMERICA: AN ODESSY IN ART MAKING AND PRSONAL SURVIVAL
A Complex Transition
Jesus was in the driver’s seat. (No, not that Jesus!)
Jesús Zajarias, a neighbor and handyman in my barrio in San Miguel de Allende. I’d asked him to drive my 1992 Ford Taurus and me to Nuevo Laredo and the Laredo, Texas border crossing. The old station wagon was packed with clothes, paperwork, some small paintings and just stuff. The divorce with my wife, Helen, was finalized in 2007, but I was only now leaving my Mexican home and studio—a seminal day for me—March 3rd, 2012. CLICK HERE for “A Complex Transition.”