Put Up or . . .

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in blog | No Comments
Put Up or . . .

My cousin, Ken (or “Chet,” as he prefers) told me a while back that reading this blog was a helpful extension of my art. Because my paintings are not always easily accessible having the written word to accompany them pulls the curtain back just a bit. The view may still not be clear, but at […]

It’s Your Imagination

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in blog | 2 Comments
It’s Your Imagination

In The Power of Art Simon Schama says, “Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintinngs grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and […]

Seriously?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in blog | No Comments
Seriously?

I posted a tiny little sign on my Studio door the other day that read, “Serious art for Serious buyers.” Really?! …I had to post that on my door? Ever since I did, I’ve wondered not only why I did that, but what it means. I haven’t really come up with any good answers other […]

So What

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in blog | 2 Comments
So What

Nobody likes your work…so what.

the Gift of Nothing

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in blog | One Comment

It was a special day and Mooch wanted to give his best friend, Carl, a gift. (Mooch was a dog) But what to get him? He had a bowl. He had a bed. He had a chew toy. He had it ALL. Mooch thought and thought. What do you get someone who has everything? NOTHING! […]

Esoterica, Arcana, Obscura

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in blog | No Comments
Esoterica, Arcana, Obscura

I suppose you could apply all of those terms to the art I do, but not all are equally accurate.  Lately I have decided that to avoid endlessly trying to translate what I paint into ideas, concepts, or descriptions for the sake of explaining myself … it’s much easier on everyone to simply say, “I […]

Killing the Dinner Party

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in blog | 2 Comments
Killing the Dinner Party

I was recently at dinner with some friends–good folk, well-meaning & sincere folk–who wanted to draw me into the table talk by saying, “Larry…tell us about your art.” Of course there was none of my art around for anybody to actually look at so I couldn’t help but puzzle over what to say. My wife, […]

Zen and the Critical Eye

Posted by on Apr 14, 2018 in blog | No Comments
Zen and the Critical Eye

I’m having a conversation about art. I want to talk about what’s in front of me, what might be called an ‘object oriented’ conversation. What I’m seeing is an  artist who developed his metier in 1960’s era New York. It appears to me he never left the era. His subject matter (when I can find […]

How Art Matters

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in blog | No Comments
How Art Matters

[NOTE: This is a blogpost I wrote for Riverviews Artspace in 2011.]   Have you noticed? –when money gets tight often the first thing that budget-teers want to cut is “the arts.” Why is that? Well, Margy Waller, Vice President of the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund (now called “ArtsWave”) thinks she knows. What she knows […]

The Death of Democratic Politics

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in blog | No Comments
The Death of Democratic Politics

Politics is now a dis-honorable profession. It has become one in which the greed for power and money is purchased at the cost of one’s character and integrity. It is the practice of chicanery, the art of deceiving one’s constituents into believing something that has little or no bearing whatsoever on conduct, behavior, or policy […]