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 intends to illustrate that the social, political, cultural life we live today exhibit a ‘complex’ and ‘transition’ life simultaneously. As combined, these forces are such that the complexities and transitions that demand resolution can’t be successfully resolved independently; but must be viewed, as complex and in transition simultaneously.
My series requires a written explanation of what happens when the political/social milieu are immersed in a “complex transition.”