MOMENT & HORIZON begins with a simple daily event, the sunset.
The sunset may seem like a far from obvious choice as a subject for a serious artist. It was not obvious to me, even after years of painting every sunset, every day, a project begun in 1995. There have been many times when I doubted the sense of what I was doing, or the validity and significance of the work.
I painted the sunset without really knowing the reasons. I painted them on faith, and that may always be the case to some extent. But I’ve come to understand that I did start doing this for a reason: I’ve always been concerned with communicating layers of meaning in the moment.
MOMENT & HORIZON could be considered conceptual art, and for a long time that’s what I assumed it must be. But by now I realize that for me this work is about much more than any concept, such as the idea of recording time and place.
The concept – including the regular discipline involved, the loyalty and the responsibility to each day – is important to the work. Yet the art is not about the work that goes into it. This became especially clear to me in January 2011, when I was able to exhibit all the sunsets of 2010 in one space. The work is about the art that comes out of it. It’s about the experience it’s able to create.
At first, I assumed I was painting the sky. Eventually I realized I was looking for the painting in the sky.
Although sunsets are famously beautiful, MOMENT & HORIZON is about finding language, pictorial and otherwise, that can translate their power – the power of the moment. For me, the sunset stands for the significance of any moment of experience. Both moment and horizon are doorways into what may lie beyond them.