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I love Barnett Newman and how he continued a specific style of painting. Wow to think that I was one when he painted the Onement I (1948). The painting’s title is an archaic derivation of the word “atonement,” meaning, “the state of being made into one.”
Newman used a vertical band to define the spatial structure of his work. This band, later dubbed a “zip,” became Newman’s signature mark.
Newman’s paintings were wonderful fields of color and were a break with the gestural abstraction of his peers. He Created ZIP- an approach that avoided painting’s conventional oppositions of figure and ground. He created an area or line of color he called a symbol, the “zip,” which might reach out and pull the viewer into the image.
Barnett Newman was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters
I never knew before that he looked like a detective. I love his mustache.
I seem to stray all over the place. Like a lost dog sniffing my away along.
Nice article about Barnett Newman. The Art Story
“I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality.”
Newman shared the Abstract Expressionists‘ interests in myth and the primitive unconscious, but the huge fields of color and trademark “zips” in his pictures set him apart from the gestural abstraction of many of his peers. The response to his mature work, even from friends, was muted when he first exhibited it. It was not until later in his career that he began to receive acclaim, and he would subsequently become a touchstone for both Minimalists and a second generation of Color Field painters. Commenting on one of Newman’s exhibitions in 1959, criticThomas B. Hess wrote, “he changed in about a year’s time from an outcast or a crank into the father figure of two generations.”
When did you start wood working and furniture design?
I began creating my original prototypes out of my back deck. Without prior woodworking experience, these early projects were more of an experimental play with some of the ideas and sketches I had come up with while being influenced by someone’s art or work. I Remember the day I saw Louise nevilson and decided to build a piece for my deck. And then when I moved and then paying for it to be shipped was too high. I put it out on the curb and someone took it home, just hope they still have it. I loved that day building and creating.
How do you describe your style?
I consider my style Modern Abstract, although this is completely subjective.
How do you create?
Every day I wake up thinking of what I can do. I dream of some painting to do or building projects. I love it all from watercolor to oil or mixed media. Whatever is around I use: chalk, clay. paint anything I can move, mold, build, hammer. I’m always creating in my mind.
Have you developed your own process and techniques?
Yes–Meditate. Sketch. Prototype. Build, create, play. Manufacture.
Do you do all your work in Kauai?
I show through a few select galleries in Charlotte and a few select shops in Hanalei. I was raised in Idaho and Washington states. I lived on the border of Canada. I traveled to my relatives in British Columbia. I love the mountains, the woods. I’m currently in transition of moving from Charlotte, nc to Kauai. When everything is sold and taken out of storage and I will officially be moved.
How has your personal background influenced your artwork?
It was an easy transition to move from my background in painting nd photography and digitl graphics to anything art, from design and architecture to furniture design. I recently found out that my ancestors from the early 1900s were in Finland and how wonderful is the clean lines of their work.
What are your favorite woods to work with?
My preference is reclaimed wood. my father was a carpenter and my room was next to his shop where he was working. I love the smell of sawust. The rustic or distressed characteristics of woods are interesting and complimentary to my designs.
What inspires you? How do you come up with new ideas, painyins, designs?
My influences range from Modern Art works of Picasso, Pollack to Richter. I was enthralled by Rauchenburg, and on the same day drawen to Monet, enticed by Chagall, influenced by Cassett, oh the list goes on. I love and I Have to learn. I paint deliliberately and then with shear abandon, splashing dripping. I respect all the rules from Sacred geometry and the Golden Ratio are consistently used in my work. Coming up with design ideas are natural for me however the process of producing the designs is a much more rigorous process.
Today I want to make a painting where every brush stroke counts. I want to slow down and remember the moment. I desire to take the time to get immersed in the medium of texture color and the night. I could not sleep last night and I just wandered around the house walking through the rain as it was coming in on the Lani. The evening was moist and close, near. I awakened, realizing what I’ve been and now in a new land where I could go. I restlessly cruised the photo files when I googled my many names. I looked for Cheri, cherinownow cherah beryl jauvaii. And will the real Cheryl Johnson please stand up. I think in my life i thought I was looking for a style that was really me and all the time I was painting what is really me. Sure I may not be in love with turtles or chickens or the myriad number of things I painted, from angels to faces. How many lives, how many people I’ve experienced and how many places I’ve gone. I am sure everything has influenced me, yet the one thing constant ~ is I still want to create.