Since I first began painting in the 1970s, my work has explored the relationship between color, geometry, and the flatness of the picture plane. For the past two years I have been working with permutations of the square. My aim is to present the many faces of the square and to make it appear as something other than what it is— a two-dimensional geometric shape. For example, by arranging subtly gradated bands of color within the boundaries of the square, I can create a concave or convex spiral. In effect, I am creating the illusion of depth while still using completely flat color. The depth of the illusion is controlled by the span of the color intervals.
To some, these parameters may seem limiting. To me, they are liberating. I thrive on setting up my own rules and seeing how far they will bend without actually breaking, in the same way I love the discipline of laying in the precise bands of paint using a traditional ruling pen.
For the foreseeable future, I will continue this expedition into the square, using more and more subtle shifts in color and value. The possibilities to create new forms are limitless and exciting.