Cubicle - A Study in Blue

Feeling the sudden culture shock of going from art school to a cubicle, processing someone else's invoices, inspired a need to explore boxes and what they meant to me. Starting as an exercise and an impulse to rebel against my own "Cube O' Death", experimenting with abstraction and focusing on a single color to keep me focused (blue), the piece expanded into a full blown finished art work that delved deeper and deeper into a more purely aesthetic concept. Alongside a cubicle commentary, I began to explore the effects of color and the technique of taking individual pieces and making them independent artworks that would stand on their own and simultaneously work as a cohesive unit. The questions of “What makes colors interact the way they do with the eye?” and “Why are they pleasing or not?” became more and more interesting to me. Some colors pulse and hurt the eye when put next to each other, others seem to click and make beautiful compilations. Why do I place colors the way I do and what makes them good or not? How do they work in a composition and how do they stand on their own? Each square and color juxtaposition is an answer and question in one. And though I have not even begun to really define the questions to the answers that I am seeking, this painting set me on a track to find out.            

The images and color interactions that you see here were gathered from previous experiences with paint, sudden inspirations taken from my surroundings, and studied observances of other artworks over a period of 6 to 9 months. Each square is approximately 3" X 3" though no square is exact in its measurement or even square at all. This was originally due to a very old and unsteady one man's electric saw but as the project progressed, seemed more and more fitting for the overall effect - and, incidentally, says volumes about the effects of a human being faced with a cubicle environment day in and day out. Though some squares were painted in one go, many, even the simplest, comprised of one or two colors, may have been painted over any number of times, until some of the squares actually needed to by pried from the original mounting board due to the amount of paint that stuck to the sides. The odd texture on some squares is crusted oil paint that I adhered with gesso, more oil paint, or a razor blade.

In the end I take a note from Oscar Wilde:

“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.” Next_Tab